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Messi vs Ronaldo: Breaking It Down Professionally, Financially, Personally

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi need no introduction on the field. The two play for the two biggest teams in the world, are the two best players in the world, and are the two most recognizable faces in soccer. As such, every year the debate of Messi vs Ronaldo flares up, and this year is no different. 

So, in order to provide some fuel for the fire, we here at The18 have taken up the task of comparing Messi vs Ronaldo in an assortment of ways: the basics, professionally, financially, and even a light social segment. 

Let’s begin. 

Messi vs Ronaldo: The Basics

Messi vs Ronaldo: cute childhood photo edition.

Photo: @UberSportsFact | @infosmessi || Twitter

Lionel Andrés Messi Cuccitini

Age: 28

Birth: in Rosario, Argentina on June 24, 1987

Height: 1.6m, 5’ 7”

Foot: Left

Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro

Age: 30

Birth: in Funchal, Portugal on Feb 5th, 1985

Height: 1.85m, 6’ 1”

Foot: Right

Messi vs Ronaldo: Professionally

Messi vs Ronaldo: who gets more awards?

Photo: @si_soccer | Twitter

Production (as of 8-25-15)

Messi: 486 games played, 415 goals scored, 93’ per goal, 186 assists, 46 goals for Argentina in 102 matches

Ronaldo: 594 games played, 432 goals, 112’ per goal, 168 assists, 55 goals for portugal in 124 matches

Team Trophies

Messi: 25 (7 La Liga, 6 Spanish Supercup, 4 Champions League, 3 Copa del Rey, 3 UEFA Supercup, 2 FIFA Club World Cup)

Ronaldo: 17 (3 Premier League, 2 Champions League, 2 Community Shield, 2 FIFA Club World Cup, 2 Copa Del Rey, 2 English League Cup, 1 Spanish Supercup, 1 FA Cup, 1 UEFA Supercup, 1 La Liga)

Individual Accolades

Messi: 113 (including 4 Ballon d’Or, 8 FIFA FIFPro World XI, 6 UEFA Team of the Year, 3 Pichichi Trophies, 3 European Golden Shoes)

Ronaldo: 90 (including 3 Ballon d’Or, 8 FIFA FIFPro World XI, 9 UEFA Team of the Year, 3 Pichichi Trophies, 1 Premier League Golden Boot, 4 European Golden Shoes)

Greatest Season (Opinion)

Messi: 14/15: won treble, 58 and 31 in 57 games. 

Honorable Mention: His 91 goal calendar year of 2012. However, won only one major trophy in that time: 11/12 Copa del Rey.  

Ronaldo: 13/14 51 goals and 19 assists in 47 matches, won Champions League and Copa del Rey. 

Messi vs Ronaldo: Financially

Messi vs Ronaldo: they both sure do have some nice cars.

Photo: @cristiano | Twitter


Messi: €47.1 Million ($51.8 Million)

Ronaldo: €47.9 Million ($52.6 Million)

Net Worth

Messi: €188 million ($210 million)

Ronaldo: €210 million ($228 million)


Messi: Adidas, EA Sports, Ooredoo, Samsung, Lay's, Audermars Piguet, Gillette, Dolce & Gabbana, Head & Shoulders, Gatorade and Pan Bimbo

Ronaldo: Nike, Toyota, Herbalife, Emirates, Castrol, Samsung, Soccerade, Emporio Armani, Konami, Banco Espirito Santo and KFC

Personal Brand

Messi: None

Ronaldo: CR7 Underwear, CR7 Footwear, CR7 Shirts, Ronaldo Fragrances, CR7 Museum 

Messi vs Ronaldo: Socially

Messi vs Ronaldo: Socially.

Photo: @GameYetu | @ahmedRM_ || Twitter

Social Media

Messi: 80,825,322 likes on Facebook, No Twitter account, 26.9M Instagram followers. Total Following: 107,725,322

Ronaldo: 107,271,380 likes on Facebook, 38.4M Twitter followers, 34M Instagram followers. Total Following: 179,671,380



Status: in relationship with Antonella Roccuzzo from 2008 - present.

Rumored History (NOT OFFICIAL): Macarena Lemos and Luciana Salazar. 


Status: single.

Rumored History (NOT OFFICIAL): Jordana Jardel, Merche Romero, Mia Judaken, Gemma Atkinson, Nereida Gallardo, Olivia Saunders, Raffaella Fico, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashain, Irina Shayk, Rita Pereira, Andressa Urach, Daniella Chavez, Lucia Villalon, Alessia Tedeschi, Maja Darving 

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