Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two legends of world football. Ronaldo is a very important player for Portugal and Messi for Argentina.
Over the years, both these players have been performing brilliantly in international matches for their respective countries. Both the players have done a good job for their respective teams in the recent past as well.
Let’s know how has been the international career of both of them.
Messi is ahead of Puskas
Messi recently scored five goals in a friendly against Estonia. This was the first time the 34-year-old Messi scored five goals in a match for his country.
Messi has so far scored 86 goals in 162 appearances for the Argentina football team . In terms of international goals, he has left behind Hungarian legend Ferenc Puskas (84).
Ronaldo has scored 117 goals
Portugal won 4–0 against Switzerland in the Nations League match with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring two goals. With two goals, Ronaldo has 117 international goals.
Last year, Ronaldo became the highest goal scorer in international football. He broke the world record of former Iranian footballer Ali Dei who has scored 109 goals.
Messi’s records in international football
Messi won the Best Player award in the 2014 World Cup, Copa America 2015 and 2021 and is the player to win the award the most times in a major tournament.
Messi won the Man of the Match award four times in the 2014 World Cup and is the man of the match for the most number of times in a single World Cup. He has also won the most man of the match in one edition of Copa America.
Ronaldo has scored against 46 different countries
Bolivia, Ecuador and Uruguay have been three favorite teams for Messi in international football. He has scored eight goals against Bolivia and six each against the rest. Ronaldo has scored nine goals against Luxembourg and seven each against Lithuania and Sweden.
Ronaldo has scored against 46 different countries in international football. Messi has scored against 30 countries so far.
Ronaldo has won two international titles as of Euro 2016 and the first edition of the UEFA Nations League. Messi won his first international title last year in the form of Copa America. Recently he has also won the second international title.