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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi goal for goal

Cristiano Ronaldo remains out in front of Lionel Messi as their goal race continues at their new clubs.

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It is one of the UEFA Champions League's best sub-plots: Lionel Messi against Cristiano Ronaldo at the top of the all-time scoring charts.

The pair ended season 2014/15 level on 77 goals but Ronaldo has since pulled away; after getting off the mark in his second spell for Manchester United, he leads 140–123 in terms of UEFA Champions League strikes. In all UEFA club competition action, the scoreline stands at 143–126 in the Portuguese forward's favour – which includes Messi's three efforts so far for new side Paris.

UEFA.com has listed all of Messi's and Ronaldo's UEFA Champions League goals since they first hit the target at this level – picking out some noteworthy stats amid the numbers. 

Key stats

  • Ronaldo was the first to reach 100 goals with a single club, achieving the mark for Real Madrid on 14 February 2018; Messi completed his century, all for Barcelona, exactly a month later.
  • Messi has been on the losing side just four times when he has scored.
  • 2017/18 was the seventh season running that Ronaldo scored ten goals or more in the UEFA Champions League.
  • Messi and Karim Benzema have both now scored in 17 successive UEFA Champions League seasons (compared with Ronaldo notching in 16).
  • Ronaldo has netted twice or more on 36 different occasions.
  • Each has bagged eight hat-tricks.
  • Ronaldo did not score until his 27th game in the competition for first club United, but took just 13 minutes to hit the target in his second stint.
  • Ronaldo is the first player to amass 50 knockout goals, and is now past 60.
  • Ronaldo is the only player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals.
  • Ronaldo is the only player to score in 11 consecutive appearances in the competition proper.
  • Ronaldo's ten goals against former club Juventus are more than anyone has scored against a single opponent.
  • Messi leads Ronaldo 74–73 in all-time group stage goals.
  • Ronaldo took 144 games to reach 100, Messi 123.
  • Messi's 120 goals for Barcelona eclipsed Ronaldo's single-club high of 105 at Real Madrid.

Messi and Ronaldo's goal by goal record

Goals in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final. Messi's first 120 goals came for Barcelona before he registered strike number 121 for new club Paris; meanwhile, Ronaldo's were scored for Manchester United (1–15, 135–140), Real Madrid (16–120) and Juventus (121–134).

MessiRonaldo
GoalOpponentDateOpponentDate
1Panathinaikos (h), 5-002/11/05Roma (h), 7-110/04/07 
2Werder Bremen (a), 1-127/09/06 Roma (h), 7-110/04/07
Lyon (h), 3-019/09/07 Milan (h), 3-224/04/07 
Stuttgart (a), 2-0 02/10/07 Sporting CP (a), 1-0 19/09/07 
Rangers (h), 2-007/11/07Dynamo Kyiv (a), 4-2 23/10/07 
Lyon (a), 2-2 27/11/07 Dynamo Kyiv (a), 4-2 23/10/07 
Celtic (a), 3-220/02/08 Dynamo Kyiv (h), 4-0 07/11/07 
Celtic (a), 3-220/02/08 Sporting CP (h), 2-1  27/11/07 
Shakhtar (a), 2-101/10/08 Lyon (h), 1-0 04/03/08 
10 Shakhtar (a), 2-101/10/08Roma (a), 2-0 01/04/08 
11 Basel (a), 5-022/10/08 Chelsea (n), 1-1 21/05/08 
12 Basel (h), 1-1 04/11/08 Internazionale (h), 2-0 11/03/09 
13Sporting CP (a), 5-2 26/11/08 Porto (a), 1-015/04/09 
14 Lyon (h), 5-2 11/03/09 Arsenal (a), 3-1 05/05/09 
15 Bayern (h), 4-008/04/09Arsenal (a), 3-1 05/05/09 
16 Bayern (h), 4-0 08/04/09Zürich (a), 5-2 15/09/09 
17 Man Utd (n), 2-0 27/05/09 Zürich (a), 5-215/09/09
18 Dynamo Kyiv (h), 2-0  29/09/09Marseille (h), 3-0 30/09/09 
19Dynamo Kyiv (a), 2-1 09/12/09Marseille (h), 3-0 30/09/09 
20 Stuttgart (h), 4-0 17/03/10Marseille (a), 3-1 08/12/09 
21 Stuttgart (h), 4-0 17/03/10 Marseille (a), 3-1 08/12/09
22 Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10 Lyon (h), 1-1 10/03/10 
23 Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10 Milan (h), 2-0 19/10/10 
24 Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10 Ajax (a), 4-0 23/11/10
25 Arsenal (h), 4-106/04/10 Ajax (a), 4-0 23/11/10 
26 Panathinaikos (h), 5-114/09/10 Auxerre (h), 4-0 08/12/10 
27 Panathinaikos (h), 5-114/09/10 Tottenham (h), 4-0 05/04/11
28 København (h), 2-020/10/10 Tottenham (a), 1-0 13/04/11
29 København (h), 2-0 20/10/10 Ajax (h), 3-0 27/09/11 
30 København (a), 1-1 02/11/10 Lyon (a), 2-002/11/11 
31 Panathinaikos (a), 3-024/11/10 Lyon (a), 2-0 02/11/11 
32 Arsenal (h), 3-1 08/03/11 CSKA Moskva (a), 1-121/02/12 
33 Arsenal (h), 3-1 08/03/11 CSKA Moskva (h), 4-1 14/03/12
34 Shakhtar (a), 1-012/04/11CSKA Moskva (h), 4-114/03/12
35 Real Madrid (a), 2-0 27/04/11 APOEL (h), 5-2 04/04/12 
36Real Madrid (a), 2-027/04/11APOEL (h), 5-204/04/12
37 Man Utd (n), 3-1 28/05/11 Bayern (h), 2-1 25/04/12
38 BATE (a), 5-028/09/11Bayern (h), 2-1 25/04/12
39 BATE (a), 5-0 28/09/11 Man City (h), 3-2 18/09/12
40 Viktoria Plzeň (a), 4-001/11/11 Ajax (a), 4-1 03/10/12 
41 Viktoria Plzeň (a), 4-0 01/11/11 Ajax (a), 4-1 03/10/12 
42 Viktoria Plzeň (a), 4-0 01/11/11 Ajax (a), 4-103/10/12 
43 Milan (a), 3-223/11/11Dortmund (a), 1-224/10/12
44 Leverkusen (a), 3-1 14/02/12 Ajax (h), 4-104/12/12
45Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Man Utd (h), 1-113/02/13
46Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Man Utd (a), 2-105/03/13
47Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Galatasaray (h), 3-003/04/13
48Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Galatasaray (a), 2-309/04/13
49Leverkusen (h), 7-107/03/12Galatasaray (a), 2-309/04/13
50Milan (h), 3-103/04/12Dortmund (a), 1-424/04/13
51Milan (h), 3-103/04/12Galatasaray (a), 6-1 17/09/13
52Spartak Moskva (h), 3-219/09/12Galatasaray (a), 6-117/09/13
53 Spartak Moskva (h), 3-219/09/12 Galatasaray (a), 6-117/09/13 
54 Celtic (a), 1-2 07/11/12 Copenhagen (h), 4-002/10/13 
55 Spartak Moskva (a), 3-0 20/11/12 Copenhagen (h), 4-002/10/13 
56 Spartak Moskva (a), 3-0 20/11/12 Juventus (h), 2-1 23/10/13 
57 Milan (h), 4-012/03/13 Juventus (h), 2-1 23/10/13 
58 Milan (h), 4-0 12/03/13 Juventus (a), 2-205/11/13 
59 Paris (a), 2-202/04/13 Copenhagen (a), 2-010/12/13 
60 Ajax (h), 4-0 18/09/13 Schalke (a), 6-1 26/02/14 
61 Ajax (h), 4-0 18/09/13 Schalke (a), 6-1 26/02/14 
62 Ajax (h), 4-0 18/09/13 Schalke (h), 3-1 18/03/14 
63 Milan (a), 1-1 22/10/13 Schalke (h), 3-118/03/14
64 Milan (h), 3-1 06/11/13 Dortmund (h), 3-002/04/14
65 Milan (h), 3-1 06/11/13 Bayern (a), 4-0 29/04/14 
66 Man City (a), 2-0 18/02/14 Bayern (a), 4-0 29/04/14
67 Man City (h), 2-1 12/03/14 Atlético (n), 4-125/05/14 
68 Paris (a), 2-3 30/09/14 Basel (h), 5-116/09/14 
69 Ajax (h), 3-1 21/10/14 Ludogorets (a), 2-1 01/10/14
70 Ajax (a), 2-0 05/11/14 Liverpool (a), 3-022/10/14 
71 Ajax (a), 2-0 05/11/14 Basel (a), 1-0 26/11/14
72 APOEL (a), 4-0 25/11/14 Ludogorets (h), 4-0 09/12/14
73 APOEL (a), 4-0 25/11/14 Schalke (a), 2-0 18/02/15 
74 APOEL (a), 4-0 25/11/14 Schalke (h), 3-4 10/03/15
75Paris (h), 3-1 10/12/14Schalke (h), 3-410/03/15 
76Bayern (h), 3-006/05/15Juventus (a), 1-205/05/15
77Bayern (h), 3-006/05/15Juventus (h), 1-113/05/15
78Roma (h), 6-124/11/15Shakhtar (h), 4-015/09/15
79Roma (h), 6-124/11/15Shakhtar (h), 4-015/09/15
80Leverkusen (a), 1-109/12/15Shakhtar (h), 4-015/09/15
81Arsenal (a), 2-023/02/16Malmö (a), 2-030/09/15
82Arsenal (a), 2-023/02/16Malmö (a), 2-030/09/15
83Arsenal (h), 3-116/03/16Shakhtar (a), 4-325/11/15
84Celtic (h), 7-013/09/16Shakhtar (a), 4-325/11/15
85Celtic (h), 7-013/09/16Malmö (h), 8-008/12/15
86Celtic (h), 7-013/09/16Malmö (h), 8-008/12/15
87Man City (h), 4-019/10/16Malmö (h), 8-008/12/15
88Man City (h), 4-0 19/10/16 Malmö (h), 8-008/12/15
89Man City (h), 4-0 19/10/16 Roma (a), 2-017/02/16
90Man City (a), 1-301/11/16Roma (h), 2-008/03/16
91Celtic (a), 2-023/11/16Wolfsburg (h), 3-012/04/16
92Celtic (a), 2-023/11/16 Wolfsburg (h), 3-012/04/16
93Mönchengladbach (h), 4-006/12/16Wolfsburg (h), 3-012/04/16
94Paris (h), 6-108/03/17Sporting CP (h), 2-114/09/16
95Juventus (h), 3-012/09/17Dortmund (a), 2-227/09/16
96Juventus (h), 3-012/09/17Bayern (a), 2-112/04/17
97Olympiacos (h), 3-118/10/17Bayern (a), 2-112/04/17
98Chelsea (a), 1-120/02/18Bayern (h), 4-218/04/17
99Chelsea (h), 3-014/03/18Bayern (h), 4-218/04/17
100Chelsea (h), 3-014/03/18Bayern (h), 4-218/04/17
101PSV (h), 4-018/09/18Atlético (h), 3-002/05/17
102PSV (h), 4-018/09/18Atlético (h), 3-002/05/17
103PSV (h), 4-018/09/18Atlético (h), 3-002/05/17
104Tottenham (a), 4-203/10/18Juventus (n), 4-103/06/17
105Tottenham (a), 4-203/10/18Juventus (n), 4-103/06/17
106PSV (a), 2-128/11/18APOEL (h), 3-013/09/17
107Lyon (h), 5-113/03/19APOEL (h), 3-013/09/17
108Lyon (h), 5-113/03/19Dortmund (a), 3-126/09/17
109Man Utd (h), 3-016/04/19Dortmund (a), 3-126/09/17
110Man Utd (h), 3-016/04/19Tottenham (h), 1-117/10/17
111Liverpool (h), 3-001/05/19Tottenham (a), 1-301/11/17
112Liverpool (h), 3-001/05/19APOEL (a), 6-021/11/17
113Slavia Praha (a), 2-123/10/19APOEL (a), 6-021/11/17
114Dortmund (h), 3-127/11/19Dortmund (h), 3-206/12/17
115Napoli (h), 3-108/08/20Paris (h), 3-114/02/18
116Ferencváros (h), 5-1
20/10/20Paris (h), 3-114/02/18
117Juventus (a), 2-028/10/20Paris (a), 2-106/03/18
118Dynamo Kyiv (h), 2-104/11/20Juventus (a), 3-003/04/18
119Paris (h), 1-4 16/02/21Juventus (a), 3-003/04/18
120Paris (a), 1-1 10/03/21Juventus (h), 1-311/04/18
121Man. City (h), 2-0 28/09/21Man Utd (h), 1-207/11/18
122Leipzig (h), 3-2 19/10/21Atlético (h), 3-012/03/19
123Leipzig (h), 3-2 19/10/21Atlético (h), 3-012/03/19
124  Atlético (h), 3-012/03/19
125  Ajax (a), 1-110/04/19
126  Ajax (h), 1-216/04/19
127  Leverkusen (h), 3-001/10/19
128  Leverkusen (a), 2-011/12/19
129
 Lyon (h), 2-107/08/20
130

Lyon (h), 2-1
07/08/20
131Ferencváros (h), 2-124/11/20
132Dynamo Kyiv (h), 3-002/12/20
133Barcelona (a), 3-008/12/20
134Barcelona (a), 3-008/12/20
135Young Boys (a), 1-214/09/21
136Villarreal (h), 2-129/09/21
137Atalanta (h), 3-220/10/21
138Atalanta (a), 2-202/11/21
139Atalanta (a), 2-202/11/21
140Villarreal (a), 2-023/11/21

All stats are group stage to final only.

Other UEFA club competition goals:
Messi: Porto 2-0 (n), 26/08/2011, UEFA Super Cup; v Sevilla 5-4aet x 2 (n), 11/08/2015, UEFA Super Cup

Ronaldo: Debrecen 3-0 (h) 09/08/05, UEFA Champions League third qualifying round; Sevilla 2-0 x 2 (n), 12/08/2014, UEFA Super Cup