Footballing superstars, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are widely considered as the two greatest players in the history of sport, with the duo dominating football for more than a decade as seen by the combined 12 Ballon d'Or awards they have won between them.
While the duo may be well into the autumn of their careers, both the superstars enjoyed a stellar 2021 with Messi winning the Copa del Rey with Barcelona and the Copa America with Argentina, while Ronaldo was victorious in last season’s Coppa Italia before winning the Golden Boot at Euro 2020.
However, the second half of the year is where their numbers differ as Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona has not gone to plan while Ronaldo has enjoyed a brilliant return to Manchester United, netting 14 goals in 20 appearances in all competitions for them.
Lionel Messi stats 2021
Goals scored: 43
Penalties scored: 6
Trophies Won: 2 (Copa del Rey, 2021 Copa America)
Ballon d'Or ranking: Winner
Cristiano Ronaldo stats 2021
Goals scored: 45
Penalties scored: 10
Trophies won: 1 (Coppa Italia)
Ballon d'Or ranking: 6th
It will be interesting to see what the calendar year of 2022 holds for the superstar duo as both of them will be looking to continue their dominance in the sport despite advancing age.