The football world divides into two worlds when there is a debate regarding Messi vs Ronaldo. However, this debate has no clear cut outcome or answer. If Messi dominates a chart, Ronaldo hits back with another. With 13 Ballon d'Or awards, a host of personal records and many team trophies between them, Messi and Ronaldo will go down in history as two of the best footballers of all time. Moreover, it is for sure that these two push each other to their limits and this is what makes them different from others. In this article, we analyse their UEFA Champions League records.
The two greats have had a major impact on their respective teams, especially in the Champions League. Hence we break down their statistics in each of the stages of the UCL. That includes the stats in the group stage, Knockout stage, and the UEFA Champions League Final.
Lionel Messi has the upper hand over Cristiano in the Group Stage of the Champions League. Messi has played less games than Cristiano but still has produced more in numbers than him.
Cristiano has the upper hand over Messi in the knockouts including the final matches. Ronaldo has produced magnificent numbers in the knockout stages and there's no doubt why he is the top scorer and the best player who have ever played the competition. Messi is no where near in terms of scoring in comparison with the CR7 in the knockouts but we cannot deny the fact that his numbers are also out of the world.
N.B. All the stats are accurate as of 05/02/2024