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Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo – La Liga – 2017/2018

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Lionel Messi


Cristiano Ronaldo


Position: Forward

La Liga – 2017/2018

Statistical Analysis

Date: 24.07.2018


Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo. The two fantastic forwards in La Liga, but who has performed better in 2017/18 season?

Therefore we have made an analysis of the statistics achieved by Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in five offensive categories:

  • Goals
  • Assists
  • Shots per match
  • Key passes per match
  • Dribbles per match

Lionel Messi played more games in 2017/18 season for his team than Cristiano Ronaldo did — 36 to 27.
Messi played more minutes than Ronaldo – 2997 to 2293.
In La Liga, Lionel Messi has scored 34 goals (EFRating = 11.90), while Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 26 goals (EFRating = 9.10).
Messi has created 12 assists in La Liga (EFRating = 2.28), which is more than Ronaldo’s 5 assists (EFRating = 0.95).
In La Liga, Cristiano Ronaldo has completed 6.6 shots per match (EFRating = 6.37), while Lionel Messi has completed only 5.5 (EFRating = 5.31).
Lionel Messi has recorded 2.4 key passes per match in La Liga (EFRating = 5.40), compared to Cristiano Ronaldo’s 1.4 (EFRating = 3.15).
In La Liga, Lionel Messi has completed 5.1 dribbles per match (EFRating = 8.83), while Cristiano Ronaldo has completed only 1.1 (EFRating = 1.90).

Based on the analysis above, Lionel Messi is clearly the king of 4 offensive categories (goals, assists, key passes per match and dribbles per match).

Cristiano Ronaldo is the king of 1 offensive category (shots per match).


In conclusion, with all the statistics, Lionel Messi seems like the easy pick over Cristiano Ronaldo as the superior offensive player in La Liga.


Player Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo
EFRating 33.72 21.48


Lionel Messi
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