Stats Proving Ronaldo More Decisive Than Messi?
Stats Proving Cristiano Ronaldo More Decisive Than Lionel Messi?
Cristiano Ronaldo reached three impressive milestones against Bayern Munich, and his statistics seem to prove he is more decisive than his longstanding rival Lionel Messi.
The Portuguese netted a perfect hat-trick in the second leg of Real's UEFA Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich, scoring with his head, left foot and right foot past Manuel Neuer, to help his side eliminate the German giants 6-3 on aggregate.
With his quintuple against Bayern, he became the first player ever to put five goals past an opposition team over a two-legged European quarter-final, as pointed out by Marca.
Other players, including Messi against Arsenal in 2009/10, had only managed to net four times or less in a quarter-final tie.
Overall, Ronaldo has now scored 32 goals in quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals in Europe’s elite club competition, equalling Los Blancos legend Alfredo Di Stefano's record.
Ronaldo's massive return is twice as much as Messi has scored in the latter stages of the competition, which suggests the Portuguese is more decisive than his counterpart.
He also became the first player to score 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League, while Messi drew two blanks against Juventus and remained on 94 goals.
The Argentine, though, is still ahead in terms of Champions League titles, having won the competition four times, while Ronaldo has lifted the coveted trophy three times so far.
However, the 32-year-old will equal Messi's trophy count if Real become the first team to defend their Champions League title.
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