- Lionel Messi has a better goalscoring record from open play than Cristiano Ronaldo
- It is only on two occasions Ronaldo has beaten his competitor without penalties included
- Messi claims he is more concerned about helping his team win trophies than focusing on his goal tally
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Lionel Messi would have been a better goalscorer in ten out of 12 campaigns if there were penalties counted in their respective goal tallies.
The Barcelona star and the Juventus striker have been going next to neck in the past 11 seasons with goals scored for their respective clubs perterm.
One football fan has re-ignited the claim that Messi would have beaten Ronaldo's goal-tally ten times on 12 occasions.
According to the fan, the only time Ronaldo scored more goals than Messi with the exclusion of spot-kicks was in the 2013-14 season and the 2015-16 campaign.
During the just-concluded 2019-20 season, Messi scored 26 times from open play compared to the five-time Ballon d'Or winner's 23 goals.
But Messi has insisted that he is less concerned about scoring goals and would rather help his team win trophies.
The six-time Ballon d'Or winner explained:
"I think less and less about scoring goals. I'm starting to step back more and more to be the creator rather than the one who finishes.
"Obviously I like scoring, and if have a chance I'll take it, but every time I go on to the pitch I'm less focused on scoring goals and more focused on the game. I've never been obsessed with goals."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Lionel Messi for the first in almost in a year featured for Argentina in their 1-0 over Ecuador in a CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier has expressed the importance of victory.
The Barcelona forward scored the only goal of the match via a penalty as the blue and white stripe produced a lacklustre performance.
But the Albicelste continued their eight-match unbeaten streak since their loss to Brazil in the Copa America finals in 2019.
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