- Cristiano has fallen behind Lionel Messi in the last ten years according to reports
- Stats show that the Barcelona star has more matchday performances than CR7 in the past decade
- Messi still leads Ronaldo with the number of goals scored between them this season
Cristiano Ronaldo's debate with Lionel Messi about who the greatest to have ever played the game may have been answered.
Recent statistics show that the Barcelona superstar is way ahead of his Juventus counterpart in the last ten years.
The Argentine and the Portuguese captains have won 11 Ballons d'Or between them as both stars have dominated the game for over a decade.
Ronaldo has won league titles in England, Spain and Italy including five Champions League titles altogether.
On the other hand, Messi has ten La Liga titles under his belt and four Champions League winner's medal.
But according to WhoScored, over 20 sets of data have been used to rate the pair's performances over the last decade and Messi is the clear winner.
Messi has an average match rating of 8.6/10 over the last ten years while his rival Ronaldo has managed an average rating of 8.3/10 during his time with Real Madrid and Juventus.
The stats further revealed that CR7 has only managed to match Messi's performance on the pitch for just a single season.
The duo were given a ranking of 8.3/10 for their efforts during the 2013/14 campaign that saw Ronaldo win the Champions League that season.
In terms of goals, Messi is way ahead of his rival with 24 goals in 31 appearances including 16 assists.
On the other hand, Ronaldo has notched up 25 goals in 32 matches for the Italian champions.
Ronaldo has racked up two assists and 25 goals in 32 matches for Maurizio Sarri's Juventus side.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Barcelona fans were handed a glimmer of hope after their all-time goalscorer Lionel Messi was spotted doing sprints in the team’s latest training session at the Nou Camp.
From the images shared online, it looks like the 32-year old was making some progress amid fears of a thigh injury.
The La Liga is set to resume in a little over a week’s time and league leaders Barcelona are racing against time to have their talisman in full fitness.
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