When Real used to be old Real, they couldn't even come near them, let alone surpass them. Real is not as convincing as they were before. Atletico is always tough. Valencia did jump, but it's more to do with fragile Real imo.
We analysed who the better big-game player is, Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi — and the stats show the winner is clear
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi continue their battle to be the best soccer player on the planet.
But only one player has made his way to the 2018 UEFA Champions League semifinal.
Statistics show that Ronaldo is far superior to Messi when it comes to big match performance-level in the latter stages of the tournament.
In these games, Messi fails while Ronaldo succeeds.
The stats show the winner is clear
The last time Messi scored a UEFA Champions League goal in the quarterfinal stage or later was in 2015, when he struck twice in his side’s 3-0 semifinal win over Bayern Munich. Since then, he has failed to score in the latter stages (quarterfinal or later).
Ronaldo, since Messi’s two goals against Bayern that year, has scored 11 quarterfinal goals, three semifinal goals, and two goals in the final.
However, this season alone, Messi has created two goals and scored six in 10 Champions League appearances. This is an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or created once for every 97 minutes he has been on the pitch.
Messi’s strike rate in Europe is impressive, yes – but not when you compare him to Ronaldo.
Ronaldo has created three goals and scored 15 in 10 Champions League outings. That’s an attacking efficiency of a goal scored or created once for every 50 minutes he has been on the pitch.
In European competition, Ronaldo has been twice as productive as Messi has this season.
There is no argument to be had – when it comes to the latter stages of their careers, it is Ronaldo and Ronaldo alone who has been excelling in the big games on the grandest of stages.
I'm neither a Ronaldo fanboy nor a Messi one and I don't like Ronaldo's general attitude, but about time he gets the recognition for what he does on the field.