5 incredible records shared by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
With 9 Ballon d'Ors between them, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely regarded as the two best players of this generation. For some, however, they are the best of all time.
Both players have stepped up for their teams whenever required and have regularly broken the 50 goal barrier in a season. Having scored over 500 goals each in their careers for club and country, they are bound to have a lot of records to their name.
While they have over 50 individual records to their name, there are a few records that are shared between the two! Here are five such records:
#1 Most hat-tricks in Champions League: 7
Two hat-tricks in two games and Cristiano Ronaldo is level on terms with Lionel Messi for the most number of hat-tricks in the Champions League. Both the players were on five hat-tricks each at the start of the season and had managed to notch up two more this season.
While Messi's hat-tricks have come against Celtic and Manchester City in the group stage, Ronaldo has scored them against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the Last 8 and the semi-final of the competition.
The Real Madrid superstar has at least one more match to play this season and clearly has the upper hand in taking this record to his name alone. Messi however, will have to wait till the start of the next season's competition to have any chance of registering another hat-trick.