Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s careers are tied together for eternity.
The two greatest players in the 21st century went head-to-head in La Liga in a truly epic nine-year duel.
Their rivalry is football’s equivalent to Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal. Two absolute titans going at year after year, with everyone else just left to watch and marvel.
Ronaldo’s move from Real Madrid to Juventus brought an end to their battles in Spain, but their numbers will still be pitted against each other until they retire from the game.
It’s not just the La Liga title that they’ve competed for, though. They’ve challenged for the Ballon d’Or, the Champions League, Golden Boot awards and more.
Then there are the records. Ronaldo and Messi have acquired plenty over the years, from the Portuguese’s record 130 goals in the Champions League to Messi’s record for most goals in La Liga.
In a video posted last year, YouTube channel Soccer Stories - Oh My Goal listed five records that Ronaldo owns - and that Messi will never break.
Now, it’s very brave to list something that Messi can’t do. He’s a magician who has defied belief for the past decade.
But these Ronaldo records are quite insane. Even Messi will struggle to surpass them.
1. Winning every possible trophy with two separate teams
Ronaldo won everything there was to win with Man United, and he did so again with Real Madrid.
In 2014, the Portuguese star won the Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup, to go with his successes in La Liga (2011/12), Copa del Rey (2010/11) and Spanish Super Cup (2012).
2. Scoring more than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons
Between 2010/11 and 2015/16, Ronaldo took his goal tally to ridiculous levels by scoring at least 50 goals in six straight years.
Messi has managed more than 50 goals in three consecutive seasons, and in six seasons in total, but never six in a row.
3. Top Champions League scorer six seasons in a row
Ronaldo is Mr. Champions League and between 2012/13 and 2017/18, he was devastating in front of goal in Europe.
He bagged 17 goals in the tournament in 2013/14.
4. Scoring 40 goals in two of Europe’s top five leagues
Okay, so we reckon Messi could achieve this if he ever left La Liga.
That might happen next year when his Barcelona contract expires.
Ultimately, this is a record that Messi certainly could beat. He just needs to leave Spain first.
5. Be part of UEFA’s Team of the Year while playing for three different teams
Again, it’s quite harsh to include a record that Messi hasn’t achieved simply because he’s been a one-club man.
Had he played for three different teams, like Ronaldo has, he would’ve certainly made UEFA’s Team of the Year at every club. He’s just that good.
Still, it’s an incredible record to own. Ronaldo has made the team a ridiculous 14 times, with his first appearance coming in 2004.
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