Champions League Records Messi and Ronaldo Haven’t Surpassed

Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are arguably two of the greatest soccer players in the history of the game. They have broken countless records and have won a combined 10 Ballon d’Or awards. Although few and far between, there are still world Champions League records that the pair are yet to conjure.

Most appearances in the UEFA Champions League (including qualifying)

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Ronaldo has appeared in 124 Champions League fixtures while Messi has appeared in 109. Both however pale in comparison to the 177 appearances by Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas. In fact, the pair rank just 5th and 28th respectively in all-time Champions League appearances.

Scored for the most number of teams in the UEFA Champions League

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This is one that Messi is unlikely to ever surpass considering he has played for Barcelona virtually his entire career. Ronaldo however has scored for Manchester United and Real Madrid in the Champions League. Additionally with his recent move to Juventus, he has the chance to score for a third. However, even if he does score for Juventus, he will still have a long way to go. The record is currently held by Zlatan Ibrahimović who has scored a Champions League goal for six different clubs (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain).

Fastest goal

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The record for the fastest goal in a Champions League final came just 53 seconds after kickoff. The improbable goal from Paolo Maldini is one that is unlikely to ever be surpassed.

Fastest hat-trick

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Messi surpassed Ronaldo’s 7 hat-tricks to become the player to score the most hat-tricks in Champions League history. However, although the pair dominate the all-time record, the record for the fastest hat-trick in a Champions League game belongs to Bafétimbi Gomis. The French striker scored a treble within just 8 minutes of kickoff in 2011.

Goals in the most Champions League seasons

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A record currently held by Ryan Giggs who scored in a total of 16 Champions League competitions, the record for goals in the most Champions League seasons is likely to be surpassed by both Ronaldo and Messi in the coming years. Both Ronaldo and Messi have score in 14 Champions League competitions are unlikely to miss out on a goal or two in the coming years.

Single-season goal tally

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Ronaldo came desperately close to equally the record in the 2013/14 Champions League scoring 17 goals. However, the record for the most goals scored in a single Champions League competitions belongs to Radamel Falcao who score 18 goals during the 2010/11 competition. Messi has currently only managed a best of 14 goals during the 2011/12 Champions League.


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Published: 02/16/2019