The debate of who the goat is between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi keeps waxing stronger day after day, game after game, week after week, season after season, and never seems to end. Well, that is understandable, as they are probably the two greatest players of all time.
The previous summer transfer window was probably the craziest of all time as the two players, to the surprise of many, moved from their former clubs, Barcelona and Juventus, to Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United respectively. Of course, their moves came along with heavy expectations from fans, but, quite surprisingly, only one of the duo is performing up to expectations at the moment, while the other, unfortunately, is not.
Messi has been heavily criticized by fans for his failure to score a goal since his debut for PSG. Since Messi's move to PSG, he has played 3 games (190 minutes), but hasn't scored a single goal, neither has he provided an assist. This has indeed raised doubts about his ability to succeed outside his former club, Barcelona, which is regarded by many as his comfort zone.
However, some fans of the six-time time Ballon d'Or winner, in his defence, claim that he needs some time to adapt to his new environment, hence, the reason for his slow start. Meanwhile, this isn't the case for Ronaldo, who has started scoring goals, breaking records and making headlines right from his second debut for United. As of now, he has registered four goals in his first three games for his new club. But some fans of the Argentinian channel their argument towards Ronaldo's 2018 move to Juventus, claiming that he also had a hard time adapting as he failed to register a goal or an assist in his first 4-5 games for the Old Lady. But is this true? Let's find out.
In this article, we will be looking at a comprehensive comparison of Messi and Ronaldo's stats in their first three (3) games for PSG and Juventus, respectively. So, let's take a look.
Shots attempted (on target)
Messi- 7 (3)
Ronaldo- 23 (9)
Big chances created
Big chances missed
Passes completed (percentage accuracy)
Messi- 110 (86%)
Ronaldo- 91 (88%)
Ground duels (won)
Messi- 24 (14)
Ronaldo- 23 (11)
Aerial duels (won)
Messi- 1 (1)
Ronaldo- 14 (8)
Messi- 7.17 (without goals)
Ronaldo- 7.67 (without goals)
Please note that the statistics shown above are a comparison of only Messi and Ronaldo's first three games for PSG and Juventus.
Claims that Ronaldo doesn't perform well without goals are just not true. It is the complete opposite, and the statistics provided above prove that.
Also, claims that Ronaldo never registered a goal contribution in his first 4-5 games are false. He played only three games without scoring, and in his fourth game, he netted a brace in Juventus' 2-1 win against Sassuolo. However, he had his first goal contribution during his second game for Juventus when he provided an assist for Mario Mandzukic in Juventus' 2-0 win over Lazio.
What is your take on this? Kindly reveal your opinions in the comments section below.
STATS CREDIT: Sofascore
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