GOAT DEBATE: 5 Lionel Messi records Cristiano Ronaldo may never break

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo records

GOAT DEBATE: 5 Lionel Messi records Cristiano Ronaldo may never break

Stephen Oladehinde 14:09 - 03.12.2023

In the realm of football, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stand as titans, each setting records that have defined an era of the sport.

This article delves into five extraordinary records held by Lionel Messi that Cristiano Ronaldo may never surpass. These records range from astonishing goal tallies in a single season to unmatched

50 Goals in a Single League Season

Lionel Messi's extraordinary feat of scoring 50 goals in the 2011-12 La Liga season remains a towering benchmark. His goal ratio of 1.35 in 37 games set a new standard for scoring prowess. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, despite a close 48 goals in the 2014-15 season, faces a diminishing likelihood of surpassing this milestone, especially considering the advancement of his career

Four Consecutive Ballon d'Or Wins

Lionel Messi poses with his FOUR Ballon d'Or trophies
Lionel Messi poses with his FOUR Ballon d'Or trophies Credit: © Offside - L'Equipe

Messi's dominance in winning the Ballon d'Or four times in a row from 2009 to 2012 broke Michel Platini's record and set a new bar for individual accolades in football. 

Messi and Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or
Messi and Ronaldo winning the Ballon d'Or

Ronaldo, while having won the Ballon d'Or multiple times, has not managed to secure it in four successive years, with his best being two consecutive wins

Most Assists in El Clasico

Messi holds the record for the most assists in the El Clasico fixtures, a testament to his playmaking abilities in addition to his goal-scoring. 

With 14 assists, he leads Ronaldo, who has only one assist in these fixtures. It's doubtful that Ronaldo will be able to surpass Messi in this aspect of their rivalry

Messi with the most Assists in El Clasico || Credit: Football Planet
Messi with the most Assists in El Clasico || Credit: Football Planet

Scoring 60+ Goals in Consecutive Seasons

Messi is the only player in history to have scored 60 or more goals in two consecutive seasons (2011-12 and 2012-13). 

Messi and Ronaldo playing for thier country
Messi and Ronaldo playing for thier country

Ronaldo, despite his exceptional goal-scoring ability, has not achieved this in back-to-back seasons, making it an increasingly challenging target as he progresses in his career

Most Goals in a Calendar Year

In 2012, Messi scored an astonishing 91 goals, surpassing Gerd Mueller's previous record and setting a high-water mark for goal-scoring in a single year. 

Ronaldo's closest approach was 69 goals in 2013, indicating the difficulty of reaching Messi's milestone

Cristiano Ronaldo And Lionel Messi Achievements

As previously reported by Pulse Sports, Cristiano Ronaldo has his own set of remarkable achievements that showcase his football excellence

Ronaldo also holds records for winning league titles in England, Spain, and Italy, and has the most career hat-tricks, surpassing Messi in these areas

Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr || (Photo Credit: Imago)
Cristiano Ronaldo of Al Nassr || (Photo Credit: Imago)

Both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have set remarkable records, some of which may remain untouched by the other, highlighting their unique contributions to the sport of football.