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Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: Is GOAT Debate Settled Now?

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Destiny had Lionel Messi winning the World Cup final at Lusail Stadium. But the victory was sealed only after 120 minutes of an intense, draining night where they were stretched to their limits by an upstart French side. 

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With this victory, Lionel Messi has also put a full stop to the GOAT debate, and his incessant comparison to Cristiano Ronaldo. Messi, the diminutive spiritual heir to Maradona, has now every possible trophy in his bag. It is also a perfect time to look at the head-to-head stats of Messi and Ronaldo.

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Ronaldo vs Messi: Goals At Club LevelWith 695 goals to his name, Messi is now just six goals behind Ronaldo at the club level, despite starting his professional career two years after the Portuguese. Safe to say, Messi will soon surpass him. 

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Ronaldo vs Messi: Ballon d'Or AwardLionel Messi has won seven Ballon d'Or titles in his career, more than anyone else, and safe to say, if he maintains the same level for PSG, we may see him bagging the eighth next year. Ronaldo, meanwhile, has four of them, and he is unlikely to add any. 

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Ronaldo vs Messi: Assists At Club LevelIt is a well-known fact that Messi is much more than a goal-scorer. He enhances the performance of everyone around him. At the club level Messi, with 296 assists, is way ahead of Ronaldo or anyone else.

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Ronaldo vs Messi: Goals In InternationalWhile Ronaldo is the leading goal-scorer in the international circuit, Messi is not far behind, and it's highly possible to see him surpassing Ronaldo in the upcoming years. He has scored 98 goals as compared to Ronaldo's 118, but his record of 0.56 goals per game is better. 

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Ronaldo vs Messi: Performance In World CupMessi has a World Cup title, and has scored a goal in each stage of the knock-out rounds, including two in the final. On the other hand, Ronaldo has never scored in the knock-out stages of the World Cup.

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