As a striker, you must be thinking, “What teams have I not scored against?” You may have heard of Juventus and Real Madrid, but how many other teams has Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score on? Thankfully, this is not the case. Read on to learn the details of each of his two games against each of these teams. If you are curious about Ronaldo’s record against these two teams, read on.
Among the teams Ronaldo has failed to score against are Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester United. In the Premier League, he has not scored against West Ham or Brentford. His last goal against Burnley was in December 2021. Middlesbrough have also failed to score against Cristiano in recent seasons, including one match in the FA Cup. Cristiano has also missed a penalty in the past against a Manchester United team, but not yet against a United team.
The list goes on. Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score against four of the last five games against Manchester United. He has a goal drought of over 10 games. Cristiano Ronaldo once stormed the Manchester United tunnel at full-time following a 1-1 draw with Burnley. On the other hand, his last goal came against Burnley 3-1 in December. And with this record in mind, there is no reason why he shouldn’t score again.
In fact, the list of teams Cristiano Ronaldo has failed to score against has become a little more interesting since he tied Alfredo Di Stefano’s record. Ronaldo failed to score against Granada, Rayo Vallecano, and Barcelona, but did manage to score against a team that beat Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is now tied with Alfredo Di Stefano as the best scorer in UEFA.
In the final statistics, there is no clear winner between the two players. The former is a better dribbler and has a higher goalscoring ratio, while the latter has more assists and more free kick goals. But is Ronaldo really better than Messi? Let’s take a closer look. In this article, we will examine the reasons for Ronaldo’s better goalscoring ratio.
Ronaldo is a better dribbler
The dribbling stats that determine how good a player is are a fascinating comparison between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. Both forwards are equally effective in creating scoring opportunities, but Ronaldo is the more successful dribbler. According to the latest figures released by FIFA, Cristiano Ronaldo has performed better in the final third than Messias, with a 65 percent completion rate.
While Messi is arguably a better dribbler than Ronaldo, it is difficult to argue that he is a more complete player overall. Despite their differences, both players are incredibly talented, with Ronaldo possessing a plethora of skills that allow them to excel in almost every area. While Messi is a superb scorer, he is also an outstanding playmaker, with more assists and key passes than his rival. Moreover, both players possess great tactical intelligence and are able to make the most out of free spaces on the field.
While Ronaldo is more dynamic and can dribble past four or five players, Messi has an advantage in passing. He can nutmeg thousands of defenders with ease, and is very efficient when it comes to taking on opponents. Despite the dribbling edge that Messi possesses, Ronaldo has a poorer shot on goal. Both players can score goals with their head, but the former is more accurate in converting these chances.
When it comes to dribbling, Messis has the natural talent, but Ronaldo has the skill to outfox opponents. He dribbles with the precision of a brain surgeon. He has an uncanny ability to weave through defenders and put the ball past the goalkeeper. He has become a legend. But, there’s another factor that distinguishes Messis from Ronaldo: the former is a more complete footballer.
Ronaldo has a better goalscoring ratio
Until this season, Cristiano Ronaldo had a better goalscoring ratio than his Barcelona and Real Madrid counterparts. Ronaldo has scored a total of 438 goals in 374 appearances and Messi has scored 228 in 546 matches. However, it is worth comparing the two players’ goalscoring ratios. Ronaldo has scored more than Messi on average, with an average of 0.87 goals per game. While Messi has more goals in total, his season average has dropped since joining PSG.
Cristiano’s goalscoring ratio is superior to that of Messi, as he has more goals overall. However, the Brazilian has more caps and has played more games than his Spanish counterpart. The Portuguese had more games to play than Ronaldo, but he was unable to reach the World Cup final. Ronaldo also has more major trophies than Messi. The two have won five Ballon d’Or awards and four Golden Shoes.
While both players are outstanding goal scorers, Ronaldo has a distinct edge in speed. His incredible pace allows him to beat defenders and is more dangerous on penalties. However, Messi is often accused of dribbling under pressure, and Ronaldo can keep the ball longer than a defender. While Messi is an excellent dribbler, Ronaldo is better at converting penalties and is more effective on corners and crosses. Messi, on the other hand, can only score from the left foot.
Despite the obvious advantage of Ronaldo, Messi’s record is a more complete package. Messi has more European titles, and Ronaldo has more FIFA ‘The Best’ awards. The latter has two UEFA Player of the Year awards. The former has also been nominated for the European Golden Shoe more times. In Europe, Ronaldo and Messi have been nominated for four European Golden Shoes.
Ronaldo has more assists than Messi
It’s difficult to know if Cristiano Ronaldo has more assists than Lionel Messi, who has scored more goals for his country than his teammate. Both players have more than 20 international caps, but Ronaldo’s total is higher than Messi’s. Messi’s assist total was just one in six, while Ronaldo’s was two in eight. Ronaldo’s goal versus Greece was a sloppy goal, while Messi’s was a spectacular header.
The two players are also equal in terms of goals scored in international competition. Messi has more goals overall, while Ronaldo’s average is higher. Messi hit a record high of 73 in 2011-12, but his season average fell after a disappointing PSG season in 2021-22. However, both players have been considered underperformers at World Cups, with Ronaldo being a much better scorer than Messi.
Although both players have won numerous trophies, Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Puskas Award for best goal of the calendar year, while Messi has failed to win the award. Despite their impressive stats, Ronaldo has more awards than Messi, including a Puskas for best player in the World Cup. The Argentine captain has led his team to three consecutive World Cup finals, and Ronaldo won the award once. Cristiano Ronaldo has more assists, but Messi still has the edge in this category.
The all-time assist leader in the Spanish league is Lionel Messi. The Argentinean has provided 368 assists throughout his career. He has provided two assists in a 3-0 victory over Italy. In Ligue 1 2022, he ended his maiden season with 15 assists in 26 games. During his maiden season with PSG, Messi recorded a hat-trick of assists against Clermont Foot in April 2022.
In addition to assists, Messi also has more goals in the Champions League than Ronaldo. Although Messi has more club goals, Ronaldo has more assists in the Champions League, where he has played two seasons longer than Messi. The two players have accumulated more than 680 club goals in their careers, and their five seasons between 2009-10 and 2014-15 were particularly golden. However, Messi’s assist stats may be more useful in choosing the GOAT for his team than Ronaldo’s.
Ronaldo has more free kick goals
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are arguably the two best players in football history. But which player has more free kick goals? Ronaldo has nine and Messi has fifty-six, but the former holds the record for the most hat-tricks. Messi has more hat-tricks with 56. And Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest player to score more goals with free kicks than any other player in history.
Ronaldo uses the knuckleball technique for free-kicks, which has been criticised for relying on power over accuracy. This technique is undoubtedly risky, but it has yielded some spectacular free-kicks. Ronaldo’s free-kick against Portsmouth was a dazzling example of this. Meanwhile, Messi uses his knuckleball technique for free-kicks that are around 20-25 yards. The difference lies in his technique. Messi takes a smaller, slower run-up and uses his left foot.
Despite the differences in their game styles, both players are capable of scoring with free-kicks. Ronaldo is praised for his versatility, and Messi is expected to surpass Ronaldo’s record in this area before his retirement. The Portuguese forward has scored 55 free-kick goals in his career, compared to Messi’s eight. Messi’s free-kick goals are his most frequent scoring opportunities, but he has played with fewer free-kick specialists in recent years.
When it comes to scoring from set pieces, Ronaldo and Messi both have an impressive track record. Ronaldo has the better goal-scoring record, but Messi’s success rate is a little higher. Messi averaged 14.7% free-kick goals in La Liga, while Ronaldo averaged only 6.2%. While Ronaldo is more accurate from free-kicks, Messi is better at taking them.
Both Ronaldo and Messi have scored incredible free-kick goals throughout their careers. But Ronaldo’s free-kick goals were more improbable. While Messi has scored 50 goals for Barcelona, Messi has eight for Argentina. Messi’s free-kick goals are also more frequent in the Champions League. And Messi’s goals are more frequent and more spectacular when it comes to free-kicks.