Since the Ballon d’Or was attributed on December 12 to Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo, we are comparing both superstars of “The Beautiful Game” with their statistics for the calendar year 2016. Lionel Messi played for FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou against local rival RCD Espanyol de Barcelona, last week, and scored one goal with a 4-1 victory for the Catalan giants. The display was immense from the native of Rosario, Argentina.
On the other side of the planet, Real Madrid CF, thanks to their UEFA Champions League victory last season, was competing in the FIFA Club World Cup and no surprise, albeit some scares, won the tournament by beating Japanese side Kashima Antlers by the score of 4-2 in extra time, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring 3 goals in that game. Earlier that week, he scored one goal against Mexican side Club America to secure a spot in the final.
See you in 2017 for more Messi vs. Ronaldo statistics.
Here are the final numbers for 2016.
|L. Messi||62 games||59 goals||32 assists||3 trophies won
– La Liga BBVA
– La Copa del Rey
– Spanish Supercup
|C. Ronaldo||57 games||55 goals||17 assists||4 trophies won
– UEFA Champions League
– UEFA European Championship
– UEFA SuperCup
– FIFA Club World Cup
|Total||Messi 5 games||Messi 4 goals||Messi 15 assists||Ronaldo 1 trophy|