Who has the most free kick goals Messi or Ronaldo?
After Cristiano Ronaldo scored a free kick in Portugal’s 2-0 win against Sweden on September 8, 2020, the question, “who has the most free kick goals Messi or Ronaldo?” was raised once again. Alley Sport brings you an in-depth analysis between the two when it comes to set-pieces.
So, who has the most free kick goals Messi or Ronaldo?
There have been very few free kick maestro over the years and the best in the current generation have been undoubtedly Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. But the question that arises is who has the most free kick goals Messi or Ronaldo? Overall, the Portuguese winger has scored 56 free kick goals in his career. Lionel Messi, on the other hand, has mustered 52. Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick against Torino in July, 2020 was the first (and as of now, only) free kick goal for Juventus. This was Ronaldo’s 43rd free kick attempt.
Before scoring that belter in the Serie A, Ronaldo’s last club goal from a set-piece came back in December, 2017 for Real Madrid against Gremio in the FIFA Club World Cup. In that time, Lionel Messi had scored 18 free kicks as compared to Ronaldo’s 1.
Ronaldo, however, still holds the edge by 4. Both players have different styles when taking set pieces as well. One prioritizes power while the other goes for placement. Let us look at the breakdown of their free kick goals to determine who holds the edge between them.
The stats breakdown:
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in the Premier League, La Liga,and Serie A. The Argentine has only ever scored in La Liga, with that being the only league he’s ever played in. Both players have netted for their national sides.
Ronaldo has scored for his national team; 10 free kicks for Portugal. Messi meanwhile has 6 for the Argentine national team. Ronaldo has 32 goals for Real Madrid, 13 goals for Manchester United, and one for Juventus. This means that he has netted 46 times from set-pieces for his clubs.
Messi has scored the similar amount of free kicks in club football. The Argentine has scored 46 free kicks for Barcelona.
When it comes down to free kicks in a season, Messi trounces Ronaldo. Messi scored a total of 9 free kicks in the 2015/16 season for club and country, while Ronaldo’s highest is 6 which he got for Real Madrid in the 2013/14 season.
So we finally have an answer for who has the most free kick goals messi or ronaldo? As in most stats, these two legends of football are very closely matched when it comes to the free kick statistics.
Messi will probably overtake Ronaldo, considering the latter’s dip in form from the set piece spot, and the fact that Messi is two years younger than him. For us, Messi takes the spot of the best free kick taker in world football at the moment because of his deadly accuracy from the spot.
While Ronaldo has scored some immense goals from free kicks, both spectacular and important, he has not been as reliable from the dead ball as he used to be years ago.
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