Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi? The winner for every type of goal scored in their career

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 58th hat-trick of his career on Tuesday night.

FIFTY-EIGHT hat-tricks.

That’s 174 goals simply in hat-tricks.



Luxembourg were the sorry victims this time around as Portugal ran out 5-0 winners.

The first two were penalties while he rounded off the victory with a comfortable header.

Official record books say Ronaldo is the greatest goalscorer in football history.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United and Portugal reacts during the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between Portugal and Luxembourg

Of course, a certain player a few years junior may have something to say about that before the two superstars eventually hang up their boots.

While Lionel Messi’s overall tally may be slightly less than Ronaldo’s as things stand, we decided to look at the different types of goals scored by both players.

Using data from Transfermarkt, we’ve looked at every type of goal scored by the pair during their club careers.

The results? Well, let’s take a look:


Cristiano Ronaldo: 107
Lionel Messi: 415

Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain scores their side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group A match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City


Cristiano Ronaldo: 241
Lionel Messi: 81

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores their side's first goal past Lukasz Fabianski of West Ham United


Cristiano Ronaldo: 109
Lionel Messi: 24

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid heads the ball past Diego Antonio Reyes of RCD Espanyol


Cristiano Ronaldo: 125
Lionel Messi: 82

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal scores his sides first goal past Hugo Lloris if France from the penalty spot during the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group F match

Direct free-kicks

Cristiano Ronaldo: 47
Lionel Messi: 50

Lionel Messi of Argentina shoots a free kick during a group A match between Argentina and Paraguay

Long Distance

Cristiano Ronaldo: 9
Lionel Messi: 1

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal shoots during the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifying match between Luxembourg and Portugal


Cristiano Ronaldo: 15
Lionel Messi: 9

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United scores their side's first goal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Newcastle United

Solo runs

Cristiano Ronaldo: 2
Lionel Messi: 4

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona dribbles Vladyslav Supryaga of FC Dinamo de Kiev during the UEFA Champions League Group G stage match


Cristiano Ronaldo: 48
Lionel Messi: 48

Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona leaves the pitch with the match ball after scoring a hat-trick at the end of the La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and CA Osasuna

Game-winning goals

Cristiano Ronaldo: 211
Lionel Messi: 181

Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United celebrates after scoring their side's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group F match between Manchester United and Villarreal CF


Unsurprisingly, both Ronaldo and Messi have scored more with their stronger foot than the other. However, Ronaldo has managed 109 goals with his weaker foot, whereas Messi has managed 81 with his right.

Again, it isn’t a shock to see Ronaldo come out on top when it comes to headers with him finding the net on 109 occasions, compared to Messi’s 24.

It seems ‘Penaldo’ is a more accurate nickname than ‘Pessi’ with Ronaldo finding the net 125 times from the penalty spot. Messi on 82 occasions.

But the Argentine is better from set-pieces outside the box with 50 successful free-kicks, three more than Ronaldo.

Lionel Messi of Argentina places the ball for a free-kick during a quarter-final match of Copa America Brazil 2021 between Argentina and Ecuador

We’re not quite sure what Transfermarkt define as ‘long distance’ but we reckon about 35 metres out from goal. If that’s the case, Ronaldo has nine to his name, while Messi has just one – his strike for Barcelona against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last season.

On the other end of the spectrum, Ronaldo also has more tap-ins to his name with 15 to Messi’s 9. However, the PSG star has more solo goals.

Ronaldo may have scored his 58th career hat-trick on Tuesday but the two players are actually tied when it comes club hat-tricks.

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Finally, game-winning goals shows that Ronaldo may well be the most clutch player of the two. The Portuguese has scored a quite ridiculous 211 goals that has won the match for his side, compared to Messi’s 181.

For now, it seems as though Ronaldo just edges most of the statistics but it will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the end of their respective careers.

Either way, we’re talking about possibly the two greatest goalscorers in football history.

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