Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi are at the center of contemporary football’s most hotly debated topic.
The arguments are never-ending as the two aces continue their exploits in elite football.
While Messi has remained at Barcelona, Ronaldo has recently moved on from La Liga giants Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus.
The duo have broken unimaginable records in their footballing journey and have outdone one another time and time again.
There are, however, a few records that one holds that the other hasn’t broken yet.
Here, we take a look at five of Cristiano Ronaldo’s records that Lionel Messi is yet to break:
#1 Top scorer in the UEFA Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo holds quite the record in Europe’s elite competition.
Not only does the Portuguese hold the record for the most goals in the Champions League with a total of 120 but he is also the only player to score in eight successive games.
The former Manchester United man has also scored 15 or more goals in the Champions League in a calendar year on three different campaigns and he is the only player to score in all group stage matches in a single Champions League season.
Given that Messi has scored 105 Champions League goals, he is well on his way to break the record sooner or later.
#2 More than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons
Barring his debut campaign, Ronaldo has scored at least 40 goals in each of the Liga Liga seasons s ince his arrival at Real Madrid in 2009.
The Juventus man has scored more than 50 goals in 6 consecutive seasons during his time at the Bernabeu from the 2010/11 to 2015/16 seasons.
Messi has so far scored 50 goals in 5 seasons, only three of which were in consecutive seasons.
This record seems impossible to beat, but whether Messi does the unthinkable remains to be seen.
#3 International goals and trophies
While Messi has never won a single trophy in an Argentina shirt, Ronaldo led Portugal to their first European Championship title in 2016.
The Portuguese also took his national team to a third place finish in the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.
The closest that Messi has come to success with his national team was in 2014 when he led the side to the finals of FIFA World Cup in Brazil where they lost to Germany in the finals.
In terms of goals, Ronaldo has scored 85 goals since his debut on August 2003 while Messi has hit the net 65 times for his national team.
It is yet to be seen whether Messi returns to his national team after he took a break from his international duties after the World Cup in Russia this summer.
#4 Goals-per-game ratio in La Liga
As of January 2018, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 289 goals in 279 La Liga appearances, with a record per game ratio of 1.04.
Lionel Messi, on the other hand, has scored 366 goals in 401 La Liga appearances till January 2018 with a goal-per-game ratio of 0.91.
With Ronaldo now in the Serie A, Messi is likely to break this record soon.
#5 60 goals in 4 consecutive calendar years
Ronaldo holds the impressive record of being the only player to score 60 or more goals in four consecutive calendar years from 2011 to 2014.
The closest Messi came to the record was in 2010 and 2012. This is one difficult record to surpass and whether the Argentine does it remains to be seen.