Know who is the best, Messi or Ronaldo after playing 1000 games

The 2022 World Cup round of 16 clash between Argentina and Australia marked the 1,000th time that Messi had ever taken to the pitch for either club and country, barring friendlies, across his illustrious career.

Messi played a staggering 778 times for Barcelona, boasts 169 caps for Argentina and has featured in 53 games for Paris Saint-Germain, bring his total to the magical 1,000 overall.

Now, as with any landmark in Messi’s career, it’s inevitable that the comparisons to Cristiano Ronaldo are never far away.

It is, of course, no secret that Ronaldo is two years older than Messi and has, therefore, been there, done that and got the t-shirt when it comes to celebrating 1,000 matches in the big time.

The winner? Well, we’ll let you decide, but we can certainly present the numbers to help you make your choice, so be sure to check out some of the key Messi vs Ronaldo stats when they both reached 1,000 games down below:

Goals: Messi 789-725 Ronaldo Assists: Messi 348-216 Ronaldo Hat-tricks: Messi 56-56 Ronaldo Non-penalty goals: Messi 684-602 Ronaldo Trophies: Messi 38-29 Ronaldo Ballon d’Or titles: Messi 7-5 Ronaldo European Golden Shoes: Messi 6-4 Ronaldo International goals: Ronaldo 99-94 Messi

After 1,000 games, Ronaldo had fewer goals, assists, non-penalty goals, trophies Ballon d’Or titles and European Golden Shoes than Messi does right now having just reached the same feat.

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