Lionel Messi vs Cristiano Ronaldo: Who has more goals against the Premier League 'big six'?

  • Kobe Tong
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have all punished Premier League clubs over the years.

Despite Messi having never played in England's top-flight, the Paris Saint-Germain star has still strutted his stuff against opposition from across the Channel during Champions League ties.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo is a three-time Premier League winner who is currently enjoying his second stint at Manchester United, opening the 2021/22 campaign with four goals from nine games domestically.

Messi and Ronaldo vs English clubs

However, despite both Ballon d'Or winners having proven themselves against the best that the Premier League has had to offer, some fans still doubt that Messi would cut it on English shores.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but you can't help feeling that the data and history books somewhat refute the idea that Messi wouldn't be able to perform in the Premier League.

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While, yes, you couldn't possibly recreate the division completely without actually playing in it, facing teams from said division - often on their own turf - is pretty much as close as you can get.

So, bearing all of this in mind, we wanted to do some digging on the back of Messi's latest outing against Premier League opposition, albeit a largely fruitless one, at Manchester City this week.

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Ronaldo and Messi vs Prem 'big six'

Using data collected by William Hill before the PSG vs City game and duly updating it to include Wednesday's game, we have compared Messi and Ronaldo's statistics against the 'big six' clubs.

It's a fascinating premise, but the results are even more intriguing, so be sure to see how Messi gets the better of his eternal rival by checking out their data against the Premier League bigwigs below:

Record against Premier League 'big six' clubs

Games: Ronaldo 82-36 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 29-27 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 10-6 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.48-0.92 Messi

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Record against Arsenal

Games: Ronaldo 15-6 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 6-9 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 1-1 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.47-1.67 Messi

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Record against Chelsea

Games: Ronaldo 15-10 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 1-3 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 2-3 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.20-0.60 Messi

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Record against Liverpool

Games: Ronaldo 13-4 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 3-2 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 1-0 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.31-0.50- Messi

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Record against Manchester City

Games: Ronaldo 15-8 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 5-7 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 2-2 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.47-1.12 Messi

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Record against Manchester United

Games: Ronaldo 5-6 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 3-4 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 0-0 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.60-0.67 Messi

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Record against Tottenham Hotspur

Games: Ronaldo 19-2 Messi

Goals: Ronaldo 11-2 Messi

Assists: Ronaldo 4-0 Messi

Goal involvements per game: Ronaldo 0.79-1.00 Messi

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Messi blows Ronaldo out of the water

It's simple: Messi's statistics blow Ronaldo's out of the water.

While, yes, Ronaldo might have amassed more goals and assists overall, we've got to bear in mind that he did so across 46 more games than Messi, so it's remarkable that the tallies are so close.

And that's reflected in the goal-involvement-per-game ratios because Messi averages 0.92 goals or assists against the Premier League 'big six' each time whereas Ronaldo is miles behind on 0.48.

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Yes, you've got to add the caveat that Ronaldo had to rack up many of these games when he was just finding his feet as a professional player, but Messi's convincing advantage doesn't end there.

That's because Messi has flat-out rattled more goals past City, Arsenal, Chelsea and United, while also producing a superior goal involvement rate than Ronaldo against every single one of the clubs.

All this isn't to slight Ronaldo because his stellar record speaks for itself, but allow it turn down the volume on claims that Messi wouldn't cut it in the Premier League.

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