Ronaldo vs Messi stats after turning 30: A Comparison

Two age defying modern day GOATs.
Ronaldo vs Messi stats after turning 30: A Comparison

Ronaldo vs Messi have defied the passage of time to deliver era-defining feats well into the autumn of their respective careers

As he entered his fourth decade in June 2017, Messi was the shining light in a glittering Barcelona frontline and has spent his thirties demonstrating he is arguably the greatest footballer of all time.

But his latter years at Barcelona were marked by a downturn in fortunes amid the club's off-field financial issues. After waving a tearful goodbye, Messi arrived at PSG at the age of 34 for a new challenge.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi (IMAGE- Marca)

The Argentinian struggled to produce his best football during his debut season at the Parc des Princes, but still won a Ligue 1 title. He's been much improved in year two, however, while in his mid-thirties he led Argentina to Copa America and Club World Cup triumphs.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo turned 30 in February 2015 with Real Madrid soon to embark on a run of three successive Champions League trophies.

While the continental silverware dried up at Juventus, and disappeared entirely at Manchester United, Ronaldo has spent the second half of his playing career winning an obscene amount of personal accolades.

He is now the record scorer of international goals – as well as lifting the European Championship and UEFA Nations League with Portugal – and both Ronaldo and Messi have continued their almost complete duopoly of the Ballon d'Or.

We've crunched the numbers to see which among Ronaldo vs Messi has enjoyed the best career record after the age of 30:

Cristiano Ronaldo

Games: 429
Goals: 357
Assists: 79
Penalties (Conversation rate): 72 (79.1%)
Minutes per goal: 102.1
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 
127.8
Minutes per goal or assist: 
83.2

Trophies Won:

– 1 x La Liga (2016-17)
– 1 x Supercopa de Espana (2017)
– 3 x Champions League (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18)
– 2 x FIFA Club World Cup (2016, 2017)
– 2 x UEFA Super Cup (2016, 2017)
– 2 x Serie A (2018-19, 2019-20)
– 1 x Coppa Italia (2020-21)
– 2 x Supercoppa Italiana (2018, 2019)
– 1 x European Championship (2016)
– 1 x UEFA Nations League (2018-19)

Individual Awards:

– 2 x Ballon d'Or (2016, 2017)
– 2 x The Best FIFA Men's Player (2016, 2017)
– 1 x European Golden Shoe (2014-15)
– 1 x European Championship Golden Ball (2016)
– 2 x Serie A Footballer of the Year (2018-19, 2019-20)
– 1 x Pichichi Trophy (La Liga Top Scorer) (2014-15)
– 1 x Capocannoniere (Serie A Top Scorer) (2020-21)
– 1 x The Best FIFA Special Award for Outstanding Career Achievement (2021)

Lionel Messi:

Games: 306
Goals: 230
Assists: 118
Penalties (Conversation rate): 34 (75.5%)
Minutes per goal: 113.3
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 
133.0
Minutes per goal or assist: 
74.9

Trophies Won:

– 2 x La Liga (2017-18, 2018-19)
– 2 x Copa del Rey (2017-18, 2020-21)
– 1 x Supercopa de Espana (2018)
– 1 x Ligue 1 (2021-22)
– 1 x Trophee des Champions (2022)
– 1 x Copa America (2021)
– 1 x Artemio Franchi Cup (2022)
– 1 x FIFA World Cup (2022)

Individual Awards:

– 2 x Ballon d'Or (2019, 2021)
– 1 x FIFA Best Men's Player (2019)
– 2 x European Golden Shoe (2017-18, 2018-19)
– 2 x World Cup Golden Ball (2022)
– 1 x Copa America Best Player (2021)
– 4 x Pichichi Trophy (La Liga top scorer) (2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20, 2020-21)

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