Messi v Ronaldo in 2017: Who's having the better year so far?

Messi v Ronaldo in 2017: Who's having the better year so far?

  • 7 month ago

It's been a good week for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Not that they are short of those.

Argentina and Portugal both secured automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup, meaning the best two players on the planet will – injuries permitting – grace the game's greatest tournament again.

But there is still plenty of football left to play in 2017, in what has already been a year full of great moments, goals and glory for the duo.

So, how do their respective calendar year achievements compare at time of writing? Read on, judge for yourself and leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Lionel Messi in 2017 49 goals in 49 games (five more than any other player on the planet) 45 goals in 43 club games Four goals in six internationals 11 assists Reached 500 career goals for Barcelona Won the Pichichi (LaLiga top scorer) and European Golden Boot awards Scored and assisted in Copa del Rey final victory Scored a hat-trick to ensure Argentina qualified for the 2018 World Cup Became all-time top scorer in South American qualifying (total of 21 goals)

Cristiano Ronaldo in 2017 42 goals in 45 games 31 goals in 34 club games 11 goals in 11 internationals 11 assists Reached 100 Champions League career goals Overtook Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top scorer in the top five European leagues Helped Real Madrid win their first league title since 2012 Scored his 600th career goal Reached 400 career goals for Real Madrid Became the first player to score in three finals in the Champions League era Helped Real Madrid become the first club to win back-to-back Champions Leagues Top scored in the Champions League for the fifth season in a row Finished World Cup qualifying with 15 goals, second only to Poland's Robert Lewandowski (16)