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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo stats for PSG and Manchester United respectively in 2021/22 season

The Messi–Ronaldo rivalry is a sporting rivalry in football encouraged by the media and fans that involves footballers Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, mainly for being contemporaries and for their similar records and sporting success.

They are two of the most decorated footballers ever, having won a combined 69 trophies (Messi 35, Ronaldo 34) during their senior careers thus far, and have regularly broken the 50-goal barrier in a single season.

Although Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are nearing the end of their careers, the two players who have dominated a generation aren’t winding down just yet.

Messi and Ronaldo both switched clubs last summer; Messi left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain, and Ronaldo returned to Manchester United after three years in Serie A with Juventus.

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It might be argued that neither of them has gone according to plan. Despite Messi’s lack of success in Ligue 1, Ronaldo has been a part of United’s disappointing season under Ralf Rangnick and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

While both players have displayed moments of sophistication that have reminded football fans of their abilities, neither has been a total failure at their new club – but who has been more successful?

We’ve crunched the numbers to find out which of Messi and Ronaldo is having a better 2021-22 season domestically and within the Champions League.

Lionel Messi (PSG 2021-22 season)

Overall Stats

Games: 20
Goals: 7
Assists: 8
Penalties scored: 2

Minutes per goal: 230.3
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 322.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 107.5

Ligue 1 Stats

Games: 14
Goals: 2
Assists: 8
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 536
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 268
Minutes per goal or assist: 107.2

Chances created per 90 minutes: 3.0
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 66.3 (85.7%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 4.3 (1.6)
Pressing per 90 mins (success rate): 8.74 (24%)

Champions League Stats

Games: 5
Goals: 5
Assists: 0
Penalties scored: 2

Minutes per goal: 90
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 150
Minutes per goal or assist: 150

Chances created per 90 minutes: 1.6
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 57.0 (87.7%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 3.0 (1.6)
Pressing per 90 mins (success rate): 9.0 (35.6%)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd 2021-22 season)

Overall Stats

Games: 26
Goals: 14
Assists: 3
Penalties scored: 2

Minutes per goal: 145.2
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 169.4
Minutes per goal or assist: 119.6

Premier League Stats

Games: 19
Goals: 8
Assists: 3
Penalties scored: 2

Minutes per goal: 185.1
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 246.8
Minutes per goal or assist: 134.6

Chances created per 90 minutes: 0.9
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 31.4 (80.3%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 4.0 (2.9)
Pressing per 90 mins (success rate): 6.46 (30.2%)

Champions League Stats

Games: 5
Goals: 6
Assists: 0
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 72.0
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 72.0
Minutes per goal or assist: 72.0

Chances created per 90 minutes: 1.9
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 30.0 (83.3%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 4.2 (2.7)
Pressing per 90 mins (success rate): 6.88 (18.2%)

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