Comparing Messi’s PSG record with Ronaldo’s at Man Utd in 2021-22

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Composite image of Cristiano ronaldo playing for Manchester United and Lionel Messi playing for Paris Saint-Germain.  December 2021. Credit: PA Images

Composite image of Cristiano ronaldo playing for Manchester United and Lionel Messi playing for Paris Saint-Germain. December 2021. Credit: PA Images

We’re nearing the end of both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s careers but the two players who have bestrode a generation aren’t winding down just yet. Here’s how their 2021-22 season stats compare.

Both Messi and Ronaldo switched clubs last summer; while Messi made a tearful exit from Barcelona and joined PSG, Ronaldo made a sensational return to Manchester United after spending three years in Serie A with Juventus.

It could be claimed that it hasn’t gone to plan for either of them. While Messi has not lived up to expectations in France, Ronaldo has been part of United’s disastrous season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick.

Despite the pair moving clubs in the summer, neither made it to the Champions League quarter-finals for the second season in a row, with Ronaldo’s United losing to his old enemy Atletico Madrid, and Messi’s PSG collapsing at the Santiago Bernabeu in the last 16 .

Messi did at least end his debut season at PSG with a Ligue 1 title but Ronaldo had a trophyless season for the first time since 2010.

Both have received criticism, with Messi receiving boos from PSG fans, whilst many have questioned whether United are a better team without Ronaldo in the starting XI.

Yet both players have produced occasional moments of class to remind football followers of their prowess and neither has been a total failure at their new club – but who’s been superior?

We’ve crunched the numbers to see which of Messi and Ronaldo enjoyed the better 2021-22 season, both domestically and in the Champions League.

Lionel Messi (PSG 2021-22)

Overall Stats

Games: 34
Goals: 11
Assists: 14
Penalties scored: 2

Minutes per goal: 261.1
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 319.2
Minutes per goal or assist: 114.9

Ligue 1 Stats

Games: 26
Goals: 6
Assists: 14
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 358.3
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 358.3
Minutes per goal or assist: 107.6

Chances created per 90 minutes: 2.6
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 67 (86.7%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 3.7 (2.0)
Pressing for 90 mins (success rate): 9.21 (22.2%)

Champions League Stats

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Games: 7
Goals: 5
Assists: 0
Penalties scored: 2

Minutes per goal: 126
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 210
Minutes per goal or assist: 126

Chances created per 90 minutes: 1.9
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 62.1 (87.4%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 3.7 (1.7)
Pressing for 90 mins (success rate): 10.1 (32.4%)

Cristiano Ronaldo (Man Utd 2021-22)

Overall Stats

Games: 38
Goals: 24
Assists: 3
Penalties scored: 3

Minutes per goal: 132.9
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 151.9
Minutes per goal or assist: 118.1

Premier League Stats

Games: 30
Goals: 18
Assists: 3
Penalties scored: 3

Minutes per goal: 136.6
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 163.9
Minutes per goal or assist: 117

Chances created per 90 minutes: 1.0
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 32.2 (81.9%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 4.0 (3.2)
Pressing for 90 mins (success rate): 6.67 (26.8%)

Champions League Stats

Games: 7
Goals: 6
Assists: 0
Penalties scored: 0

Minutes per goal: 102
Minutes per non-penalty goal: 102
Minutes per goal or assist: 102

Chances created per 90 minutes: 1.3
Passes per 90 mins (passing accuracy): 30.0 (86%)
Shots per 90 minutes (inside penalty area): 3.2 (1.9)
Pressing for 90 mins (success rate): 6.47 (18.2%)

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