Comparing Ronaldo’s last season at Real Madrid with Messi’s at Barcelona

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After spending years as rivals at Barcelona and Real Madrid, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have now both left La Liga. 

Ronaldo decided to join Juventus in 2018 and Messi has now moved to Paris Saint-Germain after Barcelona were unable to renew his contract.

We’ve compared the stats from their final seasons in Spain to see who had the better farewell tour. Note: we’ve included their stats from all competitions apart from key passes, successful dribbles and shots, which are taken only from their La Liga appearances.

Lionel Messi

Games: 47
Starts: 45
Sub appearances: 2

Goals: 38
Assists: 12

Penalties scored: 7

Minutes per goal: 110.3
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 135.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 83.8

Key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga (total): 2.3 (77)
Successful dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga (total): 4.7 (159)
Shots per 90 minutes in La Liga (total): 5.8 (196)

Trophies won: 1 (Copa del Rey)

READ: Comparing the team on Lionel Messi’s first and last Barcelona appearance

Cristiano Ronaldo

Games: 44
Starts: 42
Sub appearances: 2

Goals: 44
Assists: 8

Penalties scored: 7

Minutes per goal: 83.5
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 99.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 70.6

Key passes per 90 minutes in La Liga (total): 1.5 (38)
Successful dribbles per 90 minutes in La Liga (total): 1.2 (31)
Shots per 90 minutes in La Liga (total): 7.0 (178)

Trophies won: 3 (Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup)


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