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GOAT debate: Statistics prove that Messi at 32 has achieved more than Ronaldo at the same age

Modified 20 Dec 2019, 23:35 IST

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

What’s the story?

A newly compiled data has added another layer to the longstanding debate between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. According to GiveMeSport, Messi has left Ronaldo way behind in terms of both individual and collective achievements at their 32nd birthdays.

In case you didn’t know…

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been a hot topic of discussion over the last decade or so. Both of them have dominated the world of football like no one ever could imagine, winning 10 of the last 11 Ballon d’Ors in total.

However, Cristiano Ronaldo in the last few years, has edged out Lionel Messi in terms of both of individual and collective achievements. Ronaldo added two Ballon d’Or accolades to his name in the last three years, while Messi last won the most prestigious personal award back in 2015, on the back of a treble winning season with Barcelona. The Portuguese talisman has also won three Champions League in the last four years, overtaking Lionel Messi’s tally of 4 Champions League gold medal with Barcelona.

Meanwhile, despite enduring Champions League failures for the last four years, Messi’s individual achievements hadn’t been bad either. The Barcelona ace has managed to win three successive European Golden Shoe in the last three seasons, taking his count to a record 6.

However, in terms of international glory, Ronaldo has added another feather to his already well decorated hat by winning the inaugural UEFA Nations League crown. On the other hand, Lionel Messi is still trying to win his illusive first major title with Argentina in the current ongoing Copa America campaign in Brazil.

The heart of the matter

GiveMeSport have compared both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s accomplishments at the age of 32 as the Barcelona ace celebrated his 32nd birthday on Monday.

Ronaldo, who turned 32 on February 5, 2017, had played a total number of 802 games and netting on 568 occasions. Whereas, Messi has played 870 games in total till date, outscoring Ronaldo with 671 goals for both club and country.

The Barcelona talisman has also edged out Cristiano Ronaldo with 34 trophies to his name, winning the Champions League 4 times. while, the Juventus forward had won 22 trophies to his name and 3 Champions League back in February 2017.

Messi has also won 5 Ballon d'Ors before turning to 32, while Ronaldo had only 4 to his name at the same age.


What’s next?

Messi is currently with the Argentina squad preparing for their crucial quarter-final clash against Venezuela on Friday. Meanwhile, Ronaldo is enjoying vacation with his family in France.

Published 25 Jun 2019, 12:40 IST
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