Comparing Ronaldo and Messi’s Golden Boots After Al Nassr Star Wins Scoring Title in Saudi League

Comparing Ronaldo and Messi’s Golden Boots After Al Nassr Star Wins Scoring Title in Saudi League

Joel Reyes
May 28, 2024 at 10:22 AM
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Cristiano Ronaldo logo
C. Ronaldo
Al Nassr FC logoFPortugal logo
Lionel Messi logo
L.Messi
Inter Miami CF logoFArgentina logo
English Premier League logo
ENG Premier League
England
Spanish La Liga logo
SPA La Liga
Spain
Italian Serie A logo
ITA Serie A
Italy
Saudi Professional League logo
KSA Professional League
Saudi Arabia
Juventus logo
Juventus
Italy
31
Manchester United logo
Manchester United
England
31
Al Nassr FC logo
Al Nassr
Saudi Arabia
32
FC Barcelona logo
FC Barcelona
Spain
35
Real Madrid logo
Real Madrid
Spain
39
  • Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to win the Golden Boot in four different leagues
  • The Portuguese star has won the Golden Boot award in a league six times in his career
  • Lionel Messi won the Pichichi Trophy eight times during his time in the Spanish La Liga

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Cristiano Ronaldo entered the record books yet again on Monday night.

The Al-Nassr star became the first player in history to win the Golden Boot award in four different leagues after winning the scoring title in the Saudi top flight.

Sports Brief compares Ronaldo's Golden Boot awards in domestic leagues to the scoring titles Lionel Messi won in the Spanish La Liga.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Al Nassr, Juventus, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Golden Boot, Pichichi Trophy
Cristiano Ronaldo greets the crowd during the Al Nassr vs Al Hilal match on May 17, 2024; Lionel Messi in action for Barcelona on December 16, 2020. Images: Mohammed Saad/ David Ramos.
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Ronaldo's Golden Boot titles

Season

Team

Tournament

Goals

2007-08

Manchester United

Premier League

31

2010-11

Real Madrid

La Liga

40

2013-14

Real Madrid

La Liga

31

2014-15

Real Madrid

La Liga

48

2020-21

Juventus

Serie A

29

2023-24

Al-Nassr

Saudi Pro League

35

* In the domestic leagues he played in

The Portuguese star first won the Golden Boot award in the 2007-08 season when he captured the scoring title for Manchester United in the Premier League.

He scored 31 goals in the English top flight that season, helping United win their second consecutive Premier League title.

Ronaldo moved to Real Madrid in 2009 and found the same level of success in La Liga. He won the Pichichi Trophy, the Spanish equivalent of the Golden Boot award, in the 2010-11 season, scoring 40 goals.

He won that award again in the 2013-14 season, scoring 31 goals. He won his third and last Pichichi Trophy the following season, scoring 48 goals in the 2014-15 campaign.

Interestingly, Real Madrid failed to win the title in the three seasons that Ronaldo became the scoring king in La Liga.

Ronaldo joined Juventus in 2018 and remained a lethal attacking threat in Italy. He won the Golden Boot in Serie A once, claiming the scoring title in the 2020-21 season with 29 goals.

He won his sixth Golden Boot award in a domestic league on Monday when he claimed the scoring title in the Saudi top flight. He netted 35 goals in the 2023-24 season to break the scoring record in the Saudi Pro League.

Messi's scoring titles in La Liga

Season

Team

Tournament

Goals

2009-10

Barcelona

La Liga

34

2011-12

Barcelona

La Liga

50

2012-13

Barcelona

La Liga

46

2016-17

Barcelona

La Liga

37

2017-18

Barcelona

La Liga

34

2018-19

Barcelona

La Liga

36

2019-20

Barcelona

La Liga

25

2020-21

Barcelona

La Liga

30

The Argentine star won the Pichichi Trophy eight times in his illustrious career, per Goal.com.

He first won the scoring title in La Liga in the 2009-10 season, nabbing 34 goals for Barcelona. He won that award again in the 2011-12 season, scoring a whopping 50 goals in the Spanish top flight.

He captured the scoring title again the following season, finding the back of the net 46 times in La Liga in the 2012-13 campaign.

Messi returned to the top of the scoring charts in the 2016-17 season, netting 37 goals for the Catalan giants. That started a run of five consecutive Pichichi trophies for Messi.

He won the Golden Boot in the 2017-18 season after scoring 34 goals. He claimed the award again in the 2018-19 season with 36 goals.

The Barcelona star made it a 5-peat after scoring 25 and 30 goals, respectively, in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

He has not won a Golden Boot title in the league since, failing to top the scoring charts with PSG in Ligue 1 and Inter Miami in MLS last season.

Fans praise Ronaldo after winning Golden Boot

Sports Brief recently reported on fans praising Ronaldo after he won the Golden Boot in the Saudi Pro League.

They called him the greatest of all time after claiming the scoring title on Monday.

He won it in style, breaking the record previously held by Abderrazak Hamdallah.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.