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Messi Reaches 50 Goals A Fifth Time, But Ronaldo Still Ahead

FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi became the first player in Europe to reach 50 goals this season. However, Cristiano Ronaldo has still achieved this impressive record more than his longstanding rival has.

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The Argentine netted a brace in the Blaugrana's 4-1 over Villarreal on Sunday, taking his tally for the 2016/17 campaign to 51 strikes in all competitions.

This is the fifth time Messi has reached the 50-goal mark, having already achieved this milestone in 2010/11 (53 goals), 2011/12 (73), 2012/13 (60) and 2014/15 (58).

Ronaldo, though, has reached the 50-goal mark in six different seasons already. He has achieved this impressive record in his past six successive seasons: in 2010/11 (53 goals), 2011/12 (60), 2012/13 (55), 2013/14 (51), 2014/15 (61) and 2015/16 (51).

In fact, Ronaldo failed to hit the 50-goal barrier in only his first Los Blancos campaign, when he netted 33 goals in his 35 games for the club.

This season, however, the Portugal captain, who has played eight games less than Messi, looks unlikely to match his rival's record as he currently sits on 35 goals in all competitions and has only a maximum of five games (three in La Liga and a potential two in the UEFA Champions League) left.

Messi has three more matches (two in La Liga and one in the Copa del Rey) to add to his tally.

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The Argentine still holds the record for the most goals in all competitions in a single campaign, when he netted 73 back in the 2011/12 season, while Ronaldo's personal best was 61 strikes in 2014/15.

Messi or Ronaldo – who do you think is having the better season? Have your say in the comments section below.

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