Ronaldo vs Messi: Comparing Stats of the Two Icons After 1000 Career Games

Ronaldo vs Messi: Comparing Stats of the Two Icons After 1000 Career Games

  • Lionel Messi's record stats after 1000 games show that he surpassed Cristiano Ronaldo's record by far after the Portuguese achieved the same milestone
  • Messi achieved that milestone when he played against Australia in the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar
  • Meanwhile, Ronaldo hit 1000 games in February 2020 and has incredible numbers but the Argentina captain edges him slightly

Lionel Messi played his 1000th career game against Australia, an impressive milestone for arguably the greatest footballer ever to live.

Ronaldo achieved that milestone in February 2020, and the stats for both players after 1000 matches played are insane.


Ever since Ronaldo and Messi made their debuts in the early 2000s, they've dominated the sport. They've scored nearly 200 goals and won almost every individual award and trophy.

Messi has done it for two clubs but mainly his boyhood club Barcelona before moving to PSG last season. In Barcelona, Messi scored a record 672 goals in 778 games, leaving the club he joined as a 13-year-old boy.

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He helped the Catalan club win 10 La Liga titles and four Champions League crowns, according to ESPN.

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Ronaldo has been a journeyman. He started at Sporting CP before joining Manchester United. His most successful spell was at Real Madrid and then left to join Juventus before returning to Old Trafford.

How do they compare after 1000 games?

Messi's goal against Australia was his 789th goal in 1000 games. On top of that, his assists tally stood at a staggering 348. All that was rewarded with an astonishing 41 career trophies.

For Ronaldo, after 1000 games, he had 725 goals and 216 assists and 31 trophies. The Portuguese icon reached the 1000-game milestone in February 2020, scoring against SPAL for Juventus, according to BBC.

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Although the two have significantly slowed down due to age, they've shown that they can still contribute at the biggest stage.

Messi has won seven Ballon d'Or awards, while Ronaldo has won five.

Messi and Ronaldo iconic photo

Sports Brief earlier reported on Ronaldo and Messi positing a promotional post photo on social media, breaking the internet

The duo took part in a photoshoot which was shared on Instagram just days before the start of football's biggest tournament.

The post, sponsored by Louis Vuitton, went up on Saturday evening from both the Argentina and Portugal footballers’ respective social media handles.

The photo broke numerous social media records in the process, concluding that the two footballers still have loyal fans.

Source: Sports Brief News