Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the greatest footballers of our generation an they not new to making and breaking records. Here five Cristiano Ronaldo records that Lionel Messi might not be able to surpass.
1. More than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons
Ever since Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009, he has managed to score at least 40 goals in each of his La Liga seasons, barring his debut campaign.
The ex-Real Madrid star has scored more than 50 goals in 6 consecutive seasons for the Galacticos from the 2010/11 to 2015/16 seasons respectively.
The Portuguese talisman was the fastest player to score 150 and 200 La Liga goals but Messi so far managed to score 50 goals in 6 seasons (including this year), and only three of those came in the consecutive seasons.
2. Top scorer in the UEFA Champions League
Ronaldo is the only player to score 15 or more goals in the Champions League in a calendar year on three occasions, and the only player to score in all group stage matches in a single Champions League season.
The former Sporting Lisbon player holds the record as the only player to score in eight successive games, and also the only player to score 100 goals in Europe’s elite tournament.
In total, the Portuguese captain has scored 126 goals in the Champions league as Lionel Messi just reached his 112 goal mark for Barcelona.
3. 60 goals in 4 consecutive calendar years
From 2011 to 2014, Ronaldo scored 60 or more goals in a calendar year four times while Messi managed to do it only on 2 occasions in his career in 2010 and 2012 where he scored 91 goals.
Ronaldo is also the only player in history to score 50 or more goals in a calendar year seven times consecutively from 2011 to 2017.
The Argentine only managed to do it four years in a row, and also scored 50 or more goals in eight calendar years.
4. International goals and success
Ronaldo led Portugal to their first European Championship title in 2016, and also to a third-place finish in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.
However Messi has never won any silverware wearing the colours of Argentina at senior level.
He led Argentina to the finals of 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where they lost to Germany in the finals. In terms of goals for the national team, Ronaldo is leading the way with 85 goals to Messi’s 65.