Comparing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League records
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Comparing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League records

Comparing Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League records

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest Champions League players in history.

Only the two modern legends have scored more than 100 goals in European Cup competition.

They are by far the top two all-time goal scorers in the competition.

Manchester United and Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo leads with 141 Champions League goals.

He has won the competition five times, once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid, but neither he nor his goal tally will increase in 2022-23.

Ronaldo is playing with Manchester United for the first time outside of the Champions League this season.

This summer, he is reportedly eager to leave Old Trafford.

The Portuguese sought a club that could keep him in the most prestigious club competition in Europe.

In fact, the 37-year-old Portugal international reportedly fears Messi will surpass his record in the competition.

Messi hopes to win the trophy for a fifth time this season.

In 2006, he won it for the first time as a teenager, but an injury prevented him from competing in the knockout stages.

Then, he was the driving force behind Barcelona’s triumphs in 2009, 2011, and 2015, the latter two of which were historic treble-winning campaigns.

Now, the Argentine hopes to help Paris Saint-Germain win the trophy for the first time in their history with his second club.

But how do the two legendary games compare in the renowned contest?

We compared their Champions League records in Europe to determine their relative standing.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Games: 187

begins: 182

Five subappearances

Goals: 141

Supports: 41

19 of 22 penalties scored.

12 hat-tricks

Free-kicks: 8

Minutes per goal: 114.9

132.7 minutes per non-penalty goal

89.0 minutes per goal or assist

Lionel Messi

Games: 158

begins: 145

Sub appearances: 13

Goals: 126

Assistance: 36

18 of 23 penalties scored.

Hat-tricks: eight

Free-kicks: 5

Minutes per goal: 104.2

121.6 minutes per non-penalty goal

81.1 minutes per goal or assist