Lionel Messi - Cristiano Ronaldo head to head: Leo & CR7 back to scoring ways ahead of El Clasico

Leo nets a double as the champions come from behind to defeat Almeria, while Ronaldo wraps up the victory in Bilbao, as the second Clasico of the season closes in...
In a weekly series special, Goal.com will be compiling the statistical data, expert analysis, and progressive season records on two of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

In this week's head-to-head, we look at Leo and CR7's personal records and statistics in matches against Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
 

How They Played This Week

Who came out on top in the recent round of La Liga action?

Lionel Messi (Barcelona 3-1 Almeria)  

After failing to score in his last four La Liga games, Messi finally ended his drought with a double against Almeria.

He scored his side's first goal to cancel out the Andalucian's shock lead when he converted a penalty won by David Villa.

The Argentine then went on to assist Thiago Alcantara's goal with a corner delivery that was headed in by the young midfielder. Leo made sure of the points with a late goal as he pounced on an error by Almeria defender Marcelo before clipping his shot past Diego Alves.

Goal.com Player Ratings Comment: Looked dangerous as always when running at pace with the ball and often had the Almeria defence on the ropes. It was not a headline-grabbing performance, but still managed to score twice - once from the spot and another from a defensive error - to equal his and Ronaldo's record of 47 goals in a single season with plenty of games still to go.

Cristiano Ronaldo (Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid)

Ronaldo started the game on the bench but was eventually introduced in the 61st minute. It was only his second outing in the last six La Liga matches.

It took the Portuguese just nine minutes to find the back of the net against Athletic. Receiving a long ball from Esteban Granero, CR7 outpaced San Jose and checked past the defender onto his right foot before coolly placing his shot into the opposite bottom corner.

It was his 39th goal in all competitions this season, just three away from equalling his personal best tally of 42 in a single campaign.
 
Goal.com Player Ratings Comment: Second half substitute and Madrid just upped their game when he was on the pitch. Wanted to score and he did so with a great finish.

Individual Match Stats
  Lionel Messi
(vs Almeria)

Cristiano Ronaldo
(vs Athletic Bilbao)
Goals 2 1
Shots (On Target) 4 (2) 2 (1)
Assists 1 0
Balls Lost 15 6
Balls Recovered 1 3
Fouls Suffered 0 0
Goal.com Rating 7.5 6.5

El Clasico Head To Head - Tale Of The Tape

The scene is set for another explosive duel between Messi and Ronaldo, as a potential onslaught of Clasico blockbusters await in the coming weeks.

Barcelona and Real Madrid could collide as much as four times in a space of three weeks, starting with the title-deciding encounter in La Liga on April 16.

In such a defining period of the season for both clubs, their most valuable superstar will be more crucial than ever before. But how has Messi performed against los Blancos in past meetings? And what is Ronaldo's record like against the Blaugrana?

LIONEL MESSI

 
CRISTIANO RONALDO
Age
23
-
26
Age
Height
1.70m
-
1.85m
Height
Weight
67kg
-
75kg
Weight
Castrol Ranking
1
-
2
Castrol Ranking
Castrol Ranking points
1239
-
986
Castrol Ranking points
Appearances against Madrid 9 - 6 Appearances against Barca
Goals against Madrid 7 - 0 Goals against Barca
Assists against Madrid 5 - 0 Assists against Barca
Matches won against Madrid 6 - 1 Matches won against Barca
Matches lost against Madrid 2 - 4 Matches lost against Barca
Yellow cards against Madrid 3 - 3 Yellow cards against Barca

 
Story of a Season

Who's had the best campaign so far in La Liga?

Season Stats




Minutes Played 2575 2561
Goals
  • Penalties  
  • Free kicks 
  • First goals
29
  • 3
  • 1
  • 11
28*
  • 6
  • 2
  • 5
Total Shots (On target)
132 (73)
208 (80)
Assists
17
8*
Passes
2019
(team total: 24,526)
1227
(team total: 17,342)
Passes Completed
1680
(team total: 21,486)
876
(team total: 14,027)
Fouls Suffered 48 74
Fouls Committed 16 19
Goal.com's Season Average Player Ratings 7.57 7.23
*Marca, who awards the Trofeo Pichichi, has credited Ronaldo with 29 goals (and 7 assists)

Goal Counter

Keep track of Messi and Ronaldo's goal haul in all competitive club matches what is expected to be a record-shattering 2010-11 season...

  APPS
GOALS
LIONEL MESSI
45 47
CRISTIANO RONALDO
44
39

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