Who has the superior stats in key international tournaments: Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi’s stats in key international competitions are examined by Goal…
After losing 1-0 to Belgium in the round of 16, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal’s Euro 2020 campaign came to an end.

This time in the Euros, the Portuguese talisman scored five goals in four appearances, breaking many records. He eclipsed Michel Platini’s nine goals total to become the tournament’s all-time leading goalscorer with his first goal against Hungary. He finished the tournament with a total of 14 goals.

Ronaldo also surpassed Iranian hero Ali Daei’s tally of 109 goals to become the all-time leading goalscorer in international football.

But it’s not just the Portuguese pop sensation who’s breaking records. Lionel Messi, his closest competitor, has also been in the headlines for his performances for Argentina in the ongoing Copa America 2021.

In the tournament opener against Chile, Messi scored his 57th international goal from a free-kick, surpassing Ronaldo’s 56 free-kick goals. He has now closed the gap on Diego Maradona to just five goals.

Messi played his 148th international match for Argentina against Bolivia in the last group game, surpassing Javier Mascherano as the most by an Argentine player (147). He also scored a brace in his team’s 4-1 victory, bringing his total international goals to 75, making him the joint-ninth best goalscorer of all time.

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We look at how many goals the two superstars have scored in big international competitions, and how many of those goals came from free kicks and penalties, as they near the twilight of their careers.

While Ronaldo’s Euro journey has come to an end, Messi’s Argentina has advanced to the Copa America quarterfinals.

What is the total number of goals Ronaldo has scored in major international tournaments?

TournamentGoals
Euro 20042
World Cup 20061
Euro 20081
World Cup 20101
Euro Cup 20123
World Cup 20141
Euro Cup 20163
World Cup 20184
Euro 20205
Total21

In big international tournaments, how many goals has Messi scored?

TournamentGoals
World Cup 20061
Copa America 20072
World Cup 20100
Copa America 20110
World Cup 20144
Copa America 20151
Copa America 20165
World Cup 20181
Copa America 20191
Copa America 20213
Total18

What is the total number of goals Messi and Ronaldo have scored from free kicks and penalties?

In important international competitions, Messi has scored more free-kick goals than anyone else. In the 2014 World Cup, the Argentine scored one free-kick goal and converted three free-kicks in the Copa America, two in 2016 and one in 2021. He only scored a penalty goal in the 2015 Copa America.

Cristiano Ronaldo, on the other hand, has only scored one free-kick goal in his career, which came against Spain during the 2018 World Cup. In the 2018 World Cup (1) and Euro 2020, he scored three penalties (2)

NameFree-kicksPenalties
Lionel Messi41
Cristiano Ronaldo13



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