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Messi 22, Ronaldo 19

Superstars and eternal rivals Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have gone face to face on 35 occasions throughout their careers, with the Argentine outperforming his counterpart in terms of goals scored.

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Despite Pele's dominance in the 1960s and Diego Maradona's brilliance in 1980s, it can be argued that no two footballers have been discussed more than the FC Barcelona captain and Juventus talisman.

Their individual excellence for their respective clubs have created one of sport's great rivalries, made even better in 2009, when Ronaldo joined Real Madrid from Manchester United to go head to head with Messi at least twice a season.

Over the course of their rivalry, the two superstars have played against one another on 35 occasions, starting in 2008. They went face to face three times while Ronaldo was at United, with Messi the first to score.

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According to The Stats Zone, the Argentine would score another 21 times when taking on a team featuring Ronaldo, with the Portuguese finding the back of the net on 19 occasions.

The Juve man, however, has scored in more of those meetings against Messi has, having struck in 17 of the 35 matches compared to the Barca captain's 16.

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Messi and Ronaldo have not gone up against each other since 2018, with the UEFA Champions League and international stage being the only realistic stages they could meet on again.

Which of these superstars would you rather have in your team? Let us know in the comments section below.

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