There are many opinions about football, however the numbers cannot be argued with. So, we look at the titles won by both Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Messi vs Ronaldo: individual awards
These two legends have both won the vast majority of indicidual awards in thepast 12 years, including all Balon d’Or awards since 2008, except for 2019. Luka Modric broke apart the chain this year which has seen both players win an unprecedented 5 awards each, with Messi finishing second on 5 occasions and thirds once, Ronaldo has come second on 6 occasions, giving the Portuguese international a slight advantage over the Argentine.
Ronaldo has also won 2 ‘The Best’ awards, whereas Messi is yet to win one. Ronaldo also has more ‘Pichichi’ awards from the Champions League. He has 6 compared to Messi’s two. Moreover he has won the award for best player in Europe by UEFA, one more time than Messi.
However, Messi has more golden boots than Ronaldo: (5-4), more best player at the World Cup awards (1-0), more La Liga ‘Pichichi’ awards (5-4), appeared in the ‘golden 11’ more times (3-2) and he has more Golden Boy (2-1) awards than Messi. Therefore, the proportion of awards is relatively equal.
CR7 vs Messi: Team honours
The Champions League is Ronaldo’s favourite competition, and he currently has 5 of them (4 with Real Madrid and one with Manchester United). Messi has 4 Champions League titles. In terms of league titles, Messi has 9, four more than Ronaldo. In competitions they’ve both won, Messi has the advantage over Ronaldo.
He’s won 3 more cup competions than Ronaldo (Copa del Rey and FA Cup). He also has 3 more European super cups. Ronaldo has won the Spanish Super cup, Community Shield, Portuguese Super cup and the Italian Super Cup, as he has played for teams such as Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madridand Juventus.
Messi has 8 Spanish Supercups, while Ronaldo has a combination of 6 supercups in his different leagues. The Barca captain has more team honours than the number 7 for the ‘Old Lady’.
Messi-Cristiano: International titles
The international awards are slightly different, with Ronaldo winning the Euros in 2016 with Portugal, this being his only major success with his national side.Messi won a gold medal at the Olympic games in Beijjing in 2008, he also has a runners up medal from the 2014 FIFA World Cup, losing to Germany in the final