Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats compared on the day they turned 36, there’s a clear winner
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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats compared on the day they turned 36, there’s a clear winner

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s stats compared on the day they turned 36, there’s a clear winner.
Comparing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Stats on their 36th Birthdays: A Clear Winner Emerges

As Lionel Messi celebrates his 36th birthday, it’s natural to compare his stats to those of Cristiano Ronaldo on the day he turned the same age. Coinciding with the news of Messi’s move to Inter Miami following a public fallout with Paris Saint-Germain, it’s an opportune moment to assess how these two footballing legends measure up.

Recently, Messi faced a two-week suspension from PSG due to an unauthorized trip to Saudi Arabia. Despite his absence, PSG’s quest for European glory ended in disappointment as they were eliminated by Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.

Throughout their illustrious careers, Messi and Ronaldo have been constantly compared. However, considering Ronaldo’s two-year advantage in terms of experience, such comparisons have been regarded as somewhat unfair.

Currently playing for Al-Nassr in Saudi Arabia, Ronaldo’s numbers have been matched against Messi’s on MessivsRonaldo—a platform dedicated to comparing the two players’ statistics. Surprisingly, it is Messi who emerges as the frontrunner on his birthday.

Despite playing 15 fewer games than Ronaldo, Messi has scored an impressive 45 more goals. Additionally, he boasts 132 more assists and has registered one more hat-trick than his long-standing rival.

Delving deeper into specific types of goals, Ronaldo has accumulated 134 penalties compared to Messi’s 108. However, Messi has outscored Ronaldo by five goals from free-kicks. Furthermore, when it comes to long-range shooting, Messi triumphs, having scored 33 more goals from outside the penalty area than Ronaldo.

In the aerial domain, Ronaldo predictably dominates, with 130 headed goals to Messi’s 26.

While these statistics shed light on their performances up until their 36th birthdays, the debate regarding the greatest of all time (GOAT) remains open for discussion. We invite you to share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

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