Messi v. Ronaldo: goal for goal

November 1, 2016

Who will reach 100 UEFA Champions League goals first? Lionel Messi was ten goals adrift of Cristiano Ronaldo at the start of the season but the gap is now down to five.

It is one of the UEFA Champions League’s best sub-plots. The two greatest forwards of the age have long since surpassed Raúl González’s goals total in the competition and, by the end of the 2014/15 campaign, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo were level on 77.

Ronaldo – who then managed 16 goals last term, one off his own competition record – pulled ten clear of the Argentinian but Messi’s hat-tricks against Celtic and Manchester City this season have closed the gap. Ronaldo, who has struck twice this autumn, leads 95–90. For overall UEFA club competition goals it is 98-93.

  • Messi has only been on the losing side three times when he has scored
  • Ronaldo has netted twice or more on 25 different occasions
  • Messi leads Ronaldo 7-5 in hat-tricks
  • Ronaldo did not score until his 30th game in the competition
  • Ronaldo has notched in both round of 16 legs five seasons running
  • Both players have hit the target once in two separate finals
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal by goal record
UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
Messi
(all goals scored for Barcelona)
Ronaldo
(goals 1-15 for Man Utd; 16 onwards for Real Madrid)
GoalOpponentDateRoundOpponentDateRound
1Panathinaikos (h), 5-002/11/05Group stageRoma (h), 7-110/04/07Quarter-final second leg
2Werder Bremen (a), 1-127/09/06Group stageRoma (h), 7-110/04/07Quarter-final second leg
3Lyon (h), 3-019/09/07Group stageMilan (h), 3-224/04/07Semi-final first leg
4Stuttgart (a), 2-002/10/07Group stageSporting CP (a), 1-019/09/07Group stage
5Rangers (h), 2-007/11/07Group stageDynamo Kyiv (a), 4-223/10/07Group stage
6Lyon (a), 2-227/11/07Group stageDynamo Kyiv (a), 4-223/10/07Group stage
7Celtic (a), 3-220/02/08Round of 16 first legDynamo Kyiv (h), 4-007/11/07Group stage
8Celtic (a), 3-220/02/08Round of 16 first legSporting CP (h), 2-127/11/07Group stage
9Shakhtar (a), 2-101/10/08Group stageLyon (h), 1-004/03/08Round of 16 second leg
10Shakhtar (a), 2-101/10/08Group stageRoma (a), 2-001/04/08Quarter-final first leg
11Basel (a), 5-022/10/08Group stageChelsea (n), 1-121/05/08Final
12Basel (h), 1-104/11/08Group stageInternazionale (h), 2-011/03/09Round of 16 second leg
13Sporting CP (a), 5-226/11/08Group stagePorto (a), 1-015/04/09Quarter-final second leg
14Lyon (h), 5-211/03/09Round of 16 second legArsenal (a), 3-105/05/09Semi-final second leg
15Bayern (h), 4-008/04/09Quarter-final first legArsenal (a), 3-105/05/09Semi-final second leg
16Bayern (h), 4-008/04/09Quarter-final first legZürich (a), 5-215/09/09Group stage
17Man United (n), 2-027/05/09FinalZürich (a), 5-215/09/09Group stage
18Dynamo Kyiv (h), 2-029/09/09Group stageMarseille (h), 3-030/09/09Group stage
19Dynamo Kyiv (a), 2-109/12/09Group stageMarseille (h), 3-030/09/09Group stage
20 Stuttgart (h), 4-017/03/10Round of 16 second legMarseille (a), 3-108/12/09Group stage
21Stuttgart (h), 4-017/03/10Round of 16 second legMarseille (a), 3-108/12/09Group stage
22Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10Quarter-final second legLyon (h), 1-110/03/10Round of 16 second leg
23Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10Quarter-final second legMilan (h), 2-019/10/10Group stage
24Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10Quarter-final second legAjax (a), 4-023/11/10Group stage
25Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10Quarter-final second legAjax (a), 4-023/11/10Group stage
26Panathinaikos (h), 5-114/09/10Group stageAuxerre (h), 4-008/12/10Group stage
27Panathinaikos (h), 5-114/09/10Group stageTottenham (h), 4-005/04/11Quarter-final first leg
28København (h), 2-020/10/10Group stageTottenham (a), 1-013/04/11Quarter-final second leg
29København (h), 2-020/10/10Group stageAjax (h), 3-027/09/11Group stage
30København (a), 1-102/11/10Group stageLyon (a), 2-002/11/11Group stage
31Panathinaikos (a), 3-024/11/10Group stageLyon (a), 2-002/11/11Group stage
32Arsenal (h), 3-108/03/11Round of 16 second legCSKA Moskva (a), 1-121/02/12Round of 16 first leg
33Arsenal (h), 3-108/03/11Round of 16 second legCSKA Moskva (h), 4-114/03/12Round of 16 second leg
34Shakhtar (a), 1-012/04/11Quarter-final second legCSKA Moskva (h), 4-114/03/12Round of 16 second leg
35Real Madrid (a), 2-027/04/11Semi-final first legAPOEL (h), 5-204/04/12Quarter-final second leg
36Real Madrid (a), 2-027/04/11Semi-final first legAPOEL (h), 5-204/04/12Quarter-final second leg
37Man United (n), 3-128/05/11FinalBayern (h), 2-125/04/12Semi-final second leg
38BATE (a), 5-028/09/11Group stageBayern (h), 2-125/04/12Semi-final second leg
39BATE (a), 5-028/09/11Group stageMan City (h), 3-218/09/12Group stage
40 Viktoria Plzeň (a), 4-001/11/11Group stageAjax (a), 4-103/10/12Group stage
41Viktoria Plzeň (a), 4-001/11/11Group stageAjax (a), 4-103/10/12Group stage
42Viktoria Plzeň (a), 4-001/11/11Group stageAjax (a), 4-103/10/12Group stage
43Milan (a), 3-223/11/11Group stageDortmund (a), 1-224/10/12Group stage
44Leverkusen (a), 3-114/02/12Round of 16 first legAjax (h), 4-104/12/12Group stage
45Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Round of 16 second legMan United (h), 1-113/02/13Round of 16 first leg
46Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Round of 16 second legMan United (a), 2-105/03/13Round of 16 second leg
47Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Round of 16 second legGalatasaray (h), 3-003/04/13Quarter-final first leg
48Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Round of 16 second legGalatasaray (a), 3-209/04/13Quarter-final second leg
49Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Round of 16 second legGalatasaray (a), 3-209/04/13Quarter-final second leg
50Milan (h), 3-103/04/12Quarter-final second legDortmund (a), 1-424/04/13Semi-final first leg
51Milan (h), 3-103/04/12Quarter-final second legGalatasaray (a), 6-117/09/13Group stage
52Spartak Moskva (h), 3-219/09/12Group stageGalatasaray (a), 6-117/09/13Group stage
53Spartak Moskva (h), 3-219/09/12Group stageGalatasaray (a), 6-117/09/13Group stage
54Celtic (a), 1-207/11/12Group stageKøbenhavn (h), 4-002/10/13Group stage
55Spartak Moskva (a), 3-020/11/12Group stageKøbenhavn (h), 4-002/10/13Group stage
56Spartak Moskva (a), 3-020/11/12Group stageJuventus (h), 2-123/10/13Group stage
57Milan (h), 4-012/03/13Round of 16 second legJuventus (h), 2-123/10/13Group stage
58Milan (h), 4-012/03/13Round of 16 second legJuventus (a), 2-205/11/13Group stage
59Paris (a), 2-202/04/13Quarter-final first legKøbenhavn (a), 2-010/12/13Group stage
60Ajax (h), 4-018/09/13Group stageSchalke (a), 6-126/02/14Round of 16 first leg
61Ajax (h), 4-018/09/13Group stageSchalke (a), 6-126/02/14Round of 16 first leg
62Ajax (h), 4-018/09/13Group stageSchalke (h), 3-118/03/14Round of 16 second leg
63Milan (a), 1-122/10/13Group stageSchalke (h), 3-118/03/14Round of 16 second leg
64Milan (h), 3-106/11/13Group stageDortmund (h), 3-002/04/14Quarter-final first leg
65Milan (h), 3-106/11/13Group stageBayern (a), 4-029/04/14Semi-final second leg
66Man City (a), 2-018/02/14Round of 16 first legBayern (a), 4-029/04/14Semi-final second leg
67Man City (h), 2-112/03/14Round of 16 second legAtlético (n), 4-125/05/14Final
68Paris (a), 2-330/09/14Group stageBasel (h), 5-116/09/14Group stage
69Ajax (h), 3-121/10/14Group stageLudogorets (a), 2-101/10/14Group stage
70Ajax (a), 2-005/11/14Group stageLiverpool (a), 3-022/10/14Group stage
71Ajax (a), 2-005/11/14Group stageBasel (a), 1-026/11/14Group stage
72APOEL (a), 4-025/11/14Group stageLudogorets (h), 4-009/12/14Group stage
73APOEL (a), 4-025/11/14Group stageSchalke (a), 2-018/02/15Round of 16 first leg
74APOEL (a), 4-025/11/14Group stageSchalke (h), 3-410/03/15Round of 16 second leg
75Paris (h), 3-110/12/14Group stageSchalke (h), 3-410/03/15Round of 16 second leg
76Bayern (h), 3-006/05/15Semi-final first legJuventus (a), 1-205/05/15Semi-final first leg
77Bayern (h), 3-006/05/15Semi-final first legJuventus (h), 1-113/05/15Semi-final second leg
78Roma (h), 6-124/11/15Group stageShakhtar (h), 4-015/09/15Group stage
79Roma (h), 6-124/11/15Group stageShakhtar (h), 4-015/09/15Group stage
80Leverkusen (a), 1-109/12/15Group stageShakhtar (h), 4-015/09/15Group stage
81Arsenal (a), 2-023/02/16Round of 16 first legMalmö (a), 2-030/09/15Group stage
82Arsenal (a), 2-023/02/16Round of 16 first legMalmö (a), 2-030/09/15Group stage
83Arsenal (h), 3-116/03/16Round of 16 second legShakhtar (a), 4-325/11/15Group stage
84Celtic (h), 7-013/09/16Group stageShakhtar (a), 4-325/11/15Group stage
85Celtic (h), 7-013/09/16Group stageMalmö (h), 8-008/12/15Group stage
86Celtic (h), 7-013/09/16Group stageMalmö (h), 8-008/12/15Group stage
87Man. City (h), 4-019/10/16Group stageMalmö (h), 8-008/12/15Group stage
88Man. City (h), 4-019/10/16Group stageMalmö (h), 8-008/12/15Group stage
89Man. City (h), 4-019/10/16Group stageRoma (a), 2-017/02/16Round of 16 first leg
90Man. City (a), 1-301/11/16Group stageRoma (h), 2-008/03/16Round of 16 second leg
91Wolfsburg (h), 3-012/04/16Quarter-final second leg
92Wolfsburg (h), 3-012/04/16Quarter-final second leg
93Wolfsburg (h), 3-012/04/16Quarter-final second leg
94Sporting CP (h), 2-114/09/16Group stage
95Dortmund (a), 2-227/09/16Group stage

All stats are group stage to final only.

Please note that the player’s club is always mentioned first in the scorelines, even if they are away from home.

Other UEFA club competition goals:
Messi: Porto 2-0 (n), 26/08/2011, UEFA Super Cup; v Sevilla 5-4aet x 2 (n), 11/08/2015, UEFA Super Cup

Ronaldo: Debrecen 3-0 (h) 09/08/05, UEFA Champions League third qualifying round; Sevilla 2-0 x 2 (n), 12/08/2014, UEFA Super Cup

SOURCE: uefa.com


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