Ronaldo Overtakes Messi in Important Head to Head Record Against GOAT Rival After Al Nassr Goal

Ronaldo Overtakes Messi in Important Head to Head Record Against GOAT Rival After Al Nassr Goal

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
February 17, 2024 at 8:13 PM
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  • Cristiano Ronaldo has added another layer to his GOAT claim
  • The 39-year-old overtook Lionel Messi in a vital H2H
  • The pair have long been touted as the greatest of all time

Cristiano Ronaldo further cemented his claim to the title of Greatest of All Time (GOAT) by surpassing his rival Lionel Messi in a significant head-to-head record.

Throughout their illustrious careers, Ronaldo has consistently asserted his belief that he stands above all others, particularly his long-standing adversary, Messi.

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Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Lionel Messi as the player with the most non-penalty goals after his strike against Al Fateh. Photos by Simon Bruty and Yasser Bakhsh.
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The duo's dominance in the football world spanned nearly two decades, collectively securing 13 Ballon d'Or awards.

Ronaldo vs Messi GOAT debate

Despite Messi's recent accolades, including a record-extending eighth Ballon d'Or and the triumph in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, some within the football community still argue that Cristiano holds the edge.

Both players, now past their prime, currently compete in relatively lower leagues as they approach the twilight of their careers. However, they continue to rewrite records with each passing match.

In a recent encounter against Al Fateh in the Saudi Pro League, Ronaldo showcased his enduring brilliance by scoring his 21st goal of the 2023–2024 SPL season, per Transfermarkt, with a remarkable first-time strike.

This crucial goal not only helped Al-Nassr secure a vital 2-1 victory but also propelled Ronaldo to a significant milestone.

Ronaldo surpasses Messi in important H2H

With this goal, CR7 surpassed Messi to become the player with the most non-penalty goals in the history of the sport, tallying an impressive 714 strikes, as cited by TimelineCR7 on X (formerly Twitter).

It's noteworthy that Ronaldo achieved this feat in more games than his GOAT rival - 161 games.

While Ronaldo undeniably leads in this pivotal statistic, his achievement underscores his unparalleled impact and longevity in the world of football, further solidifying his status as one of the greatest players to have graced the sport.

Ronaldo spurs Al-Nassr to win

In a related publication, Sports Brief reported that Cristiano Ronaldo demonstrated his scoring ability as Al-Nassr clinched a vital and hard-earned win against Al Fateh on Saturday, February 17, at the KSU Stadium in Riyadh.

Coming off his achievement of 1000 club appearances during the midweek, Ronaldo maintained his prolific form by scoring his 21st goal in the Saudi Pro League.

His Portuguese compatriot Otavio contributed with a goal, securing the decisive victory that earned Al-Nassr three valuable points.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.