Who is the real GOAT? Comparing Messi & Ronaldo by their goal contributions per game in each UCL season


Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo…who is the GOAT? Let’s try to settle that today.

The superstars have both scored over 100 goals in Europe’s elite competition, winning the trophy nine times between them (Ronaldo 5, Messi 4).

Ronaldo is often viewed as the superior Champions League player to Messi, though. The Portuguese’s tally of 132 goals is 13 more than his eternal rival.

The Juventus star has also scored the most goals ever in a single European campaign, notching 17 for Real Madrid in the 2013/14 season.

In that season, Ronaldo chipped in with five assists in his 11 games as well, an average of two goal contributions per appearance.

Let’s check out their goal contribution….

2005/06

Messi | 0.50

Games: 6

Goals: 1

Assists: 2

Ronaldo | 0

Games: 6

Goals: 0

Assists: 0

Winner | Messi

2006/07

Messi | 0.20

Games: 5

Goals: 1

Assists: 0

Ronaldo | 0.72

Games: 11

Goals: 3

Assists: 5

Winner | Ronaldo

2007/08

Messi | 0.88

Games: 9

Goals: 6

Assists: 2

Ronaldo | 0.82

Games: 11

Goals: 8

Assists: 1

Winner | Messi

2008/09

Messi | 1.16

Games: 12

Goals: 9

Assists: 5

Ronaldo | 0.58

Games: 12

Goals: 4

Assists: 3

Winner | Messi

2009/10

Messi | 0.72

Games: 11

Goals: 8

Assists: 0

Ronaldo | 1.50

Games: 6

Goals: 7

Assists: 2

Winner | Ronaldo

2010/11

Messi | 1.15

Games: 13

Goals: 12

Assists: 3

Ronaldo | 0.83

Games: 12

Goals: 6

Assists: 4

Winner | Messi

2011/12

Messi | 1.81

Games: 11

Goals: 14

Assists: 6

Ronaldo | 1.30

Games: 10

Goals: 10

Assists: 3

Winner | Messi

2012/13

Messi | 1.00

Games: 11

Goals: 8

Assists: 3

Ronaldo | 1.08

Games: 12

Goals: 12

Assists: 1

Winner | Ronaldo (just…)

2013/14

Messi | 1.14

Games: 7

Goals: 8

Assists: 0

Ronaldo | 2.00

Games: 11

Goals: 17

Assists: 5

Winner | Ronaldo (by A LOT this time…)

2014/15

Messi | 1.23

Games: 13

Goals: 10

Assists: 6

Ronaldo | 1.16

Games: 12

Goals: 10

Assists: 4

Winner | Messi

2015/16

Messi | 1.00

Games: 7

Goals: 6

Assists: 1

Ronaldo | 1.66

Games: 12

Goals: 16

Assists: 4

Winner | Ronaldo

2016/17

Messi | 1.44

Games: 9

Goals: 11

Assists: 2

Ronaldo | 1.38

Games: 13

Goals: 12

Assists: 6

Winner | Messi

2017/18

Messi | 0.80

Games: 10

Goals: 6

Assists: 2

Ronaldo | 1.38

Games: 13

Goals: 15

Assists: 3

Winner | Ronaldo

2018/19

Messi | 1.50

Games: 10

Goals: 12

Assists: 3

Ronaldo | 0.88

Games: 9

Goals: 6

Assists: 2

Winner | Messi

2019/20

Messi | 0.87

Games: 8

Goals: 3

Assists: 4

Ronaldo | 0.62

Games: 8

Goals: 4

Assists: 1

Winner | Messi

Number of seasons won

Messi | 9

Ronaldo | 6

Despite being top of the Champions League’s all time scoring and assist charts, Ronaldo surprisingly loses out to Messi here.