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Ronaldo, Messi Continue Rivalry In Race To Be All-Time Record International Goalscorer

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will continue to be football's fiercest rivals as both continue despite their ages contest for the first place both on and off the field.

With their football prowesses, everything the duo do now is a record.

Ronaldo is still the all-time record goalscorer in international football, having netted 117 times in 187 matches for Portugal, but Messi has cut the gap by putting five past Estonia in a friendly on Sunday.

The Argentina captain now has 86 goals from 162 appearances, placing him fourth on the all-time list and meaning he has now moved ahead of Hungary's Ferenc Puskas, who had 84 strikes.

Can Messi catch Ronaldo for international goals?

Messi is still significantly behind Ronaldo in this sense, trailing his longtime rival by 31 goals.

Even though Messi is only 34 and more than two years younger than Ronaldo, it is unlikely that the No.10 will ever catch the Portugal captain, as Messi could retire from Argentina duty after the World Cup in Qatar.

However, Messi will make the podium with just three more goals and could catch Ali Daei's 109 goals if he keeps producing performances like that of Sunday night.

That display showed that Messi has what it takes to bully weaker international sides and left some fans wondering how many the forward might have scored had he not been with a South American national team all his career, where the World Cup qualifiers are notoriously more difficult than the European qualifiers.

Looking at the per-minute stats of Messi and Ronaldo's international careers, Ronaldo has been scoring at a rate of 127 minutes per goal for the Selecao, while Messi has done so at 156 minutes per goal for the Albiceleste.
 

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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UEFA Nations League 2022/2023 TABLE

UEFA Nations League
No Teams P Pts
1 Denmark 4 9
2 Croatia 4 7
3 Austria 4 4
4 France 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Spain 4 8
2 Portugal 4 7
3 Czech Republic 4 4
4 Switzerland 4 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Hungary 4 10
2 Germany 4 6
3 Italy 4 5
4 England 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Netherlands 4 10
2 Belgium 4 7
3 Poland 4 4
4 Wales 4 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Ukraine 3 7
2 Scotland 3 6
3 Ireland 4 4
4 Armenia 4 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Israel 3 5
2 Iceland 4 3
3 Albania 3 1
4 Russia 0 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 8
2 Montenegro 5 7
3 Finland 4 4
4 Romania 5 3
No Teams P Pts
1 Norway 4 10
2 Serbia 4 7
3 Sweden 4 3
4 Slovenia 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Turkey 4 12
2 Luxembourg 5 7
3 Faroe Island 4 4
4 Lithuania 5 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Greece 4 12
2 Estonia 2 6
3 Kosovo 4 6
4 North Ireland 4 2
5 Cyprus 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Kazakhstan 4 10
2 Moldova 4 7
3 Slovakia 4 6
4 Azerbaijan 4 4
5 Belarus 4 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Georgia 4 10
2 North Macedonia 4 7
3 Bulgaria 4 3
4 Gibraltar 4 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Latvia 4 12
2 Andorra 4 4
3 Liechtenstein 4 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Malta 3 6
2 San Marino 3 0
Full Table

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Lionel Messi
Lionel
Messi
AR Argentina
  • HEIGHT

    169cm

  • WEIGHT

    72kg

  • AGE

    35

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano
Ronaldo
PT Portugal
  • HEIGHT

    168m

  • WEIGHT

    85kg

  • AGE

    37

SPORTS SPOTLIGHT

Argentina
Argentina

The Argentina national football team represents Argentina in men's international football and is administered by the Argentine Football ...

Portugal
Portugal

Portugal National Football Team represents Portugal in international men's football competition since 1921. It is controlled by the Por...

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