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Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi: Awards, goals and stats compared

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Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d'Or title, equalling the record haul held by long-time rival Lionel Messi - but how do the rivals compare in other areas?

Barcelona legend Messi may have outscored the Portuguese this calendar year - with 52 goals to 49 - but the Argentina forward had to settle for second place in the prestigious individual prize thanks to Ronaldo's role in helping Real Madrid to a record 12th Champions League trophy in June.

MADRID, SPAIN - DECEMBER 06: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group H match
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d'Or this week

The 32-year-old notched hat-tricks against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid in the quarter and semi-finals and a double in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the final, contributing to his club-record tally of 416 goals, and he also played a key part in his team's La Liga triumph under boss Zinedine Zidane.

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