2016 has been a memorable footballing year as we enjoyed a great Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo battle once again. Their numbers are just mad, they’ve already broken all the records and ended with all adjectives to qualify them.
Despite not being their most prolific year in terms of numbers the overall Messi vs Cristiano Statistics of 2016 are just out of this world.
When it comes about trophies won, 2016 has been Cristiano’s most memorable year as he lifted the Champions League with Real Madrid and the Euro Cup with Portugal, these great honours alongside the UEFA Super Cup and the Club WC made him win his fourth Ballon d’Or.
Messi vs Ronaldo Overall Statistics Calendar year 2016
Both players capacity to score goals is surprising. We can see the parity on how they have scored their goals this calendar year. We have to add that Ronaldo has scored a total of 7 hat tricks while Messi has done it 6 times this year.
Messi has taken advantage over the Portuguese in the set pieces as the Argentine has scored 7 free kick goals in 2016 meanwhile the Portuguese has netted only 4. The penalty shoot accuracy goes for Messi too, as Leo has missed only 2 penalties this year while Ronaldo has missed 6 times from the spot.
Both players have been also top notch in their domestic league. Messi’s stats are a bit better than Ronaldo’s and he was key man to win the 2015/16 La Liga with FC Barcelona.
Talking about UCL’s overall numbers in the whole year 2016 the Argentine is again ahead, but the Portuguese won the 11th trophy with Real Madrid and this undoubtedly plays in favour of Ronaldo.
The final comparison points are the national duties of both players in 2016.
This section is also for Cristiano Ronaldo as he won one of the most prestigious trophies you can win with your National Team, the Euro Cup. Ronaldo went till the last stage of the tournament and despite falling injured in the early minutes of the game, Portugal managed to beat France.
In the other hand Messi led Argentina to the Copa America final but yet another time Argentina couldn’t win the final against Chile, making it three finals lost in a row for the Albiceleste.
If everything goes as expected we’ll see Argentina and Portugal in Russia World Cup 2018, in the meantime, they will keep mesmerizing us with what they’re able to do on the pitch, we are just fortunate to coincide in the same era of these two wonderful players, lets enjoy them.