Comparing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's stats on Football Manager 2020

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Football Manager 2020 is officially released on Tuesday.

But avid fans of the franchise have been able to play the beta of the latest instalment for the past two weeks.

So, ahead of it's official release, one of the first things we have done is look at how they have answered the eternal Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo debate.

We've decided to look at all 36 individual stats in the game to see who has been rated the better of the two.

Each attribute is rated out of 20, with 1 being the worst possible score and 20 being the best.

TECHNICAL STATS

Corners:
Messi 15-13 Ronaldo

Crossing:
Messi 15-15 Ronaldo

Dribbling:
Messi 20-15 Ronaldo

Finishing:
Messi 20-19 Ronaldo

First Touch:
Messi 19-17 Ronaldo

Free-kick taking:
Messi 19-15 Ronaldo

Heading:
Ronaldo 19-10 Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo nearly gets top marks for heading

Long shots: 
Ronaldo 19-17 Messi

Long throws:
Messi 4-2 Ronaldo

Marking:
Messi 4-3 Ronaldo

Passing:
Messi 20-15 Ronaldo

Penalty taking:
Ronaldo 20-17 Messi

Tackling:
Ronaldo 8-7 Messi

Technique:
Messi 20-17 Ronaldo

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Messi dominates the technical attributes. Out of the 14 stats, Messi receives perfect marks on four: Dribbling, Finishing, Passing and Technique. 

At this stage he takes a commanding 9-4 lead over Ronaldo.

MENTAL STATS

Aggression:
Messi 7-6 Ronaldo

Anticipation:
Messi 19-18 Ronaldo

Bravery:
Ronaldo 16-10 Messi

Composure:
Messi 18-14 Ronaldo

Concentration:
Ronaldo 16-13 Messi

Decisions:
Messi 20-18 Ronaldo

Determination:
Messi 20-20 Ronaldo

Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo both get top marks for heading

Flair:
Messi 20-18 Ronaldo

Leadership:
Ronaldo 17-14 Messi

Off the ball:
Ronaldo 18-16 Messi

Positioning:
Ronaldo 6-5 Messi

Teamwork:
Messi 14-10 Ronaldo

Vision:
Messi 20-14 Ronaldo

Work rate:
Ronaldo 10-7 Messi

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Messi also edges out Ronaldo in the Mental stats.

Out of the 14 stats, the Argentine again scores a perfect score in four of them: Decisions, Determination, Flair and Vision. 

Messi ends up winning 7-6 in the Mental stats.

PHYSICAL STATS

Acceleration:
Messi 18-15 Ronaldo

Agility:
Messi 20-13 Ronaldo

Balance:
Messi 20-14 Ronaldo

Jumping Reach:
Ronaldo 18-6 Messi

Natural fitness:
Ronaldo 20-14 Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo just beats out Lionel Messi for pace

Pace:
Ronaldo 16-15 Messi

Stamina:
Ronaldo 15-13 Messi

Strength: 
Ronaldo 16-9 Messi

Ronaldo makes a late comeback in the Physical stats.

Messi actually records two perfect stats (Agility, Balance) to Ronaldo's one (Natural Fitness), but it's the Portuguese he wins the category 5-3.

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FINAL SCORE: Messi 19-15 Ronaldo

So there you have it. Messi just about edges out his eternal rival when it comes to individual stats.

However, interestingly, when you add up all the stats together the two players both have a total of 525.

Maybe Football Manager couldn't split the two greats, after all.

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