Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo score scoring goals on same day
Lionel Messi scored his 700th first-class goal on Tuesday, just a week after celebrating his 33rd birthday. It was Messi’s 630th goal for Barcelona and he scored 70 more for Argentina.
The goal came in the 50th minute from a ‘Panenka’ penalty against Atletico Madrid in La Liga. It was Messi’s 32nd goal with 8 assists in 41 career games against Atletico.
Ahead of Tuesday’s game, Messi has scored 26 goals in 37 appearances for Barcelona this season, including 21 in 27 La Liga games. It was Messi’s 5th goal from a penalty spot this season.
Messi’s scoring goal was not enough as the game ended in a 2-2 draw. It was Barcelona’s third draw in their last four La Liga games and it kept Real Madrid at the top of the league. Real Madrid have one point more than Barcelona with a less played game. Real Madrid face Getafe on Thursday.
In February, Messi surpassed the 1,000 career goals and assists mark in international and full club matches. He has now scored 727 goals in 917 official games. His first club goal came in the 2003/04 season for Barcelona “C”. The following season, he opened his account for Argentina playing for the Under 2s.
Messi’s 727th goal still leaves him only 7th in the all-time top scorers list compiled by RSSSF (Football Statistics Foundation). However, he is now less than 9 goals past the great German goalscorer Gerd Mueller. Mueller has scored 735 goals in 793 matches.
Messi’s great rival Cristiano Ronaldo is now tied with Ferenc Puskás as the 4th highest scorer in history. Ronaldo now has 746 goals in 1,041 games and is the only top 7 player to have played more than 1,000 official professional games according to RSSSF.
Ronaldo scored his 746th goal in a 3-0 win for Juventus on Tuesday against Genoa in Serie A. It was Ronaldo’s 24th Serie A goal this season and his 28th goal in all competitions. The victory maintained Juventus’ 4-point lead over Lazio at the top of Serie A with 9 games to go.
The third and second are Pelé then Romário. Pelé scored 767 goals in 831 games; Romário 772 goals in 994 games. However, it should be noted that it has been claimed that both players have scored over 1,000 goals.
RSSSF’s all-time top scorer is the little known Josef biscan. Biscan played internationally for Czechoslovakia and he was also part of the legendary Austria Wunderteam from the 30s.
Biscan also played for 8 different club teams in Eastern Europe in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. His 805 goals are recognized as the most by all players in official matches, although his tally in non-matches. officials is estimated at more than 1,450.
The goal ratio (goals per game) gives us a revised order:
- Biscan 1.51
- Puskas 0.99
- Pelé 0.92 (tied)
- Mueller 0.92 (tied)
- Messi 0.79
- Romário 0.77
- Ronaldo 0.72
Messi and Ronaldo are the only two current active players in the top seven and are miles ahead of the other active players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the closest and he is 180 goals behind Messi while having played 10 more games (547 goals in 925 games).
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski has scored 482 goals in 731 games at the rate of 0.66 goals per game. Lewandowski is having a splendid season and he is currently at the top of the Golden Shoe 2019/20 standings.
The prize is awarded to the top scorer in Europe in the top divisions. Lewandowski’s 34 goals are worth 68 points and he currently enjoys a 10-point lead over Lazio’s Ciro Immobile and a 12-point advantage over RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. The championship season is over for Lewandowski and Werner while Immobile have a maximum of 9 games to overtake the leader.
It is almost certain that for the first time since the 2008/09 season, a player who is not called Ronaldo, Suarez or Messi will win the Golden Boot. Messi has won the award in each of the past three seasons.
Luis Suarez completes the “active top 5” with 477 goals in 760 at the rate of 0.63 goals per game.
Active players by goal ratio:
- Messi 0.79
- Ronaldo 0.72
- Robert Lewandowski 0.66
- Luis Suárez 0.63
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic 0.59