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17th of January 2018


Ronaldo vs Messi in El Clasico - Who has the best stats, goals and win record? |

El Clasico, when Spain's totemic clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona collide, is one of the most eagerly anticipated football derbies in the world.

In Spain it is more than just a football match; it is a clash of cultures, a wrangling of ideologies and, of course, a showdown between the two best footballers in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo versus Lionel Messi is the main event as the world tunes in to decide, for the nth time, who is the supreme deity in the pantheon of the beautiful game.

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With Barcelona having taken the latest honours with a 3-0 win at Santiago Bernabeu, Goal takes a look at the stats to see who comes out on top in the Clasico.


Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Madrid

How many Clasico games has Messi won?Games Won Drawn Lost 37 17 8 12

When it comes to Clasico success, Messi has been on the winning side more often than Ronaldo, winning 17 matches against Real in all competitions.

The Argentine has played against Barca's bitter rivals 37 times in his career across a number of competitions. Of those 37 matches, Messi has tasted defeat 12 times and drawn on eight occasions.

La Liga is Messi's happiest hunting ground for Clasico success, with 13 of the 17 victories coming in that competition.

In the Champions League, Messi has never lost to Real Madrid, with a win and a draw in the two games he appeared in.

How many Clasico games has Ronaldo won?Games Won Drawn Lost 29 8 7 14

Ronaldo's success in Clasico games pales in comparison to Messi's, but it must be said that the Portuguese has played in fewer encounters, having joined Real in 2009 - a number of seasons after Messi's breakthrough at Barca.

The 32-year-old has been on the winning side just eight times in 29 Clasicos, losing 14 and drawing seven.

Even allowing for the fact that Messi has played in eight more games, Ronaldo's win percentage of 27.6% is significantly lower than Messi's 45.9%.


Cristiano Ronaldo Lionel Messi Barcelona Real Madrid

How many Clasico goals has Messi scored?Games Goals Shots Shot conversion 37 25 129 18.33%

Again, Messi comes out on top in terms of Clasico goals scored, hitting the back of the net 25 times in 37 games between the sides.

Most of those goals have come in La Liga, with 17 strikes in 23 appearances, six coming in six Supercopa games and two in the Champions League.

The only competition in which Messi has not scored against Madrid is the Copa del Rey, having been kept quiet in six matches.

How many Clasico goals has Ronaldo scored?Games Goals Shots Shot conversion 29 17 122 13.9%

Ronaldo is eight goals behind Messi in Clasico appearances with 17, but it is worth noting that the reigning Ballon d'Or winner has featured in eight fewer games than his rival.

Messi's goal-to-game ratio is marginally better than Ronaldo's (0.68 to 0.59), even though his Portuguese counterpart attempts more shots per game.


Cristiano Ronaldo Gerard Pique Real Madrid Barcelona LaLiga 23042017

How many Clasico assists does Messi have?Games Assists Chances created 37 14 65

Once again, Messi blows Ronaldo out of the water in terms of teeing up team-mates in Clasico matches.

In addition to scoring 25 himself, the 30-year-old has set up 14 goals in his 37 Clasico appearances.

How many Clasico assists does Ronaldo have?Games Assists Chances created 29 1 15

In 29 appearances against Barcelona for Real Madrid, Ronaldo has supplied an assist for only one goal, which is damning when set next to Messi's contribution to Barca.

As well as that, the former Manchester United man is statistically less creative, conjuring just 15 chances in comparison to Messi's 65.


Lionel Messi Barcelona

Article continues below Player Clasicos won Goals Assists Lionel Messi 17 25 14 Cristiano Ronaldo 8 17 1

He may have come up second best to Ronaldo in terms of trophies and individual awards in the last year, but Messi is still the king of the Clasico.

The Argentine has scored more goals, provided more assists and found himself on the winning side more often when Barca and Real face off.

Messi has a better goal-to-game ratio and the statistics clearly demonstrate that he contributes more to the overall team effort at Barca than Ronaldo does for Madrid.

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