Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the two most recognizable names in world football, and the pair have continued their domination at the top level of sport even into their thirties, breaking record after record.
Juventus and Barcelona both progressed to the quarter finals of the Champions League as the two forwards more or less single handedly won the affairs for their respective teams, with Ronnie sealing a hat-trick versus Atletico Madrid and Messi having a hand in four of Barca’s five goals against Lyon.
Both are hailed as the best players of our time, and while some may constantly debate over who the most talented one is, there is no questioning that the Argentine maestro and the clinical Portuguese hero have helped each other over the years in terms of motivation and pushing one another to win multiple Ballon d’Or awards, with the two earning five each.
Perhaps the most impressive statistics that the attackers possess are their Champions League numbers as either individual has performed to an incredibly high standard in the tournament throughout their respective careers.
34-year-old Ronaldo’s record of 124 goals is made even more astounding when you realise that he did not score until his 30th appearance in the competition when Manchester United faced Roma in the quarter finals of 2007.
Messi, on the other hand, found the net for the first time in just his fifth match during the 2005/2006 season against Panathinaikos. The now 31-year-old star netted his 100th in Europe’s elite tournament quicker than his media-made arch nemesis, bagging his century of goals in 123 games, whereas Ronaldo took 144 to reach that total - though if you take away those thirty opening games, he amassed 144 in the following 114 matches.