Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely regarded as two of the greatest footballers of all time. The two superstars have dominated the sport for over a decade, breaking numerous records and winning countless trophies. However, when it comes to the Guinness World Records, Messi has a slight edge over his rival.
According to the official website of the Guinness World Records, Messi has 41 records to his name, while Ronaldo has 40. This makes them the top two footballers with the most Guinness World Records in history. The other candidates in the top five are Robert Lewandowski (9), Kylian Mbappe (5), and Neymar (4).
The official social media handles of the Guinness world records confirmed the records on Tuesday as they wrote, “Lionel Messi has 41 Guinness World Records titles but Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t far behind with 40."
Some of the records that Messi holds include:
- Most goals scored in a calendar year: 91 goals (2012)
- Most goals scored in a single La Liga season: 50 goals (2011/12)
- Most Ballon d’Or awards: 7
- Most goals in La Liga: 474 goals from 520 appearances with Barcelona.
Some of the records that Ronaldo holds include:
- Most international goals: 123 goals
- Most Champions League goals: 140 goals
- Most European Championship goals: 14 goals
Lionel Messi has completed his sensational move from Paris Saint-Germain to Inter Miami, signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with the Major League Soccer club. The Argentine superstar, who joined PSG on a free transfer from Barcelona last summer, reportedly agreed to a deal worth $125-$150 million in total, making him one of the highest-paid athletes in the world.
Messi made his debut for Inter Miami on July 21, coming off the bench to score a stunning free-kick in a 2-1 win over Cruz Azul in the Leagues Cup. He then scored two more goals and provided an assist in his first start for the club, a 4-0 thrashing of Atlanta United in the MLS. He is expected to lead the team in their next match against Orlando City on August 3.
Ronaldo, on the other hand, made a surprising move to Saudi Arabia in January 2023, signing for Al Nassr FC on a two-year contract reportedly worth $200 million per year. He became the world’s highest-paid soccer player and the most expensive signing in the history of Saudi football. He has scored 14 goals in 16 league games for Al Nassr, helping them finish second in the Saudi Professional League.
Both Messi and Ronaldo have shown no signs of slowing down despite being in their late thirties. They continue to amaze fans with their skills, passion, and records. They are not only legends of football but also icons of sport and culture.