As Juventus finishes the year with a 3-0 loss to Fiorentina on 22 December in a sad way, Ronaldo has been able to hold his foot in the fire for some time.
Messi still had a festive time away from the pitch and was nevertheless ready to see Barcelona play its last game with a distasteful 1-1 draw from the stands with Eibar.
Besides, let’s not forget that in a matter of weeks, Ronaldo will be celebrating is 36 birthdays and Messi will be nearly halfway into his 30s by the time his balloons are up in the summer.
Let’s face it, it’s a sad prospect because what they’ve brought to the beautiful game over the past 15 years has been so unmistakable that without them, the sport just won’t be the same.
As a result, try not to take this 2020 statistical comparison as a callous reach to ‘resolve the GOAT debate,’ rather as a celebration of their amazing accomplishments in the context of their competition.
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo
After all, while we agree there was a definite winner in this year’s Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo rankings, the numbers they were able to achieve well beyond their 30th birthdays are truly impressive.
So, without any further ado, see how Ronaldo and Messi compared the last 12 months in main figures – courtesy of data obtained by Transfermarkt – down below:
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo official stats;
Cristiano Ronaldo 41-26 Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi 18-6 Cristiano Ronaldo
Minutes-per-goal in club football
Cristiano Ronaldo 83.3-150 Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo 3-1 Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo 27-18 Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo 17-9 Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi 1-1 Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo 2-1 Lionel Messi
Cristiano Ronaldo 1-0 Lionel Messi
Major individual trophies
Cristiano Ronaldo 3-3 Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Is like Ronaldo dominated 2020.
Ronaldo romped his way to an incredible seven wins out of the ten measures we put under the spotlight, though Messi just topped the assists charts – and two categories ended in draws.