However, which of these players have scored more goals from outside the box so far?, Christiano Ronaldo is famous for his long range goals, but has he scored more open play goals than Lionel Messi
Christiano Ronaldo started showing his ability to shoot from long distance during his time In the English Premier League, when he played for Manchester United, and he had been scoring long range efforts since then. During his staty at Manchester United, he scored 9 goals from outside the box.
A goal which earned him a Puskas award was in 2009, when he scored a 40 yard strike in the UCL against Porto. When he joined Real Madrid, he scored 35 in his 9 seasons at the club. However, since the Portugese joined Juventus, he has scored just 2.
Despite playing 144 games fewer than Ronaldo, Messi has scored 74 open play goals in his career, while Christiano Ronaldo managed to score 57 open play goals in his entire career. Lionel Messi has scored 6 or more from outside the box in 6 different seasons. However, Ronaldo scored 6 or more open play goals in just 2 seasons.
In league games, Ronaldo has 35, while Lionel Messi has 48. At the international level, Ronaldo has 11 open play goals, while Messi has 7.
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