- Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are now one apiece in terms of winning trophies for their respective countries
- The Juventus striker won Euro 2016 with Portugal while Messi landed his first silverware for Argentina at Copa America
- Both players have won 11 Ballon d’Or awards among them and several trophies while plying their trade for the club sides
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Ronaldo helped Portugal lift their first-ever European Championships in 2016 while Messi was on the winning side of Argentina’s Copa America triumph.
CR7 and Messi in the past have been criticized by footballing greats not to have achieved anything for the respective countries but that question has been answered within the last six years.
The pair have won 11 Ballon d’Or awards in the last 12 years between them and they are still going on strong to add another accolade to their trophy shelves.
But who had the better run en route to international glory?
Ronaldo’s campaign at Euro 2016
Ronaldo made seven appearances at the Euro 2016 hosted by France and scored three goals to help the Selecao beat Les Bleus in the finals.
The 36-year-old’s minutes per goal ratio was one strike netted in every 208 minutes, he provided two assists en route to winning the title.
The Juventus striker’s average performance per game was 7.34 while he created three big chances in the process but failed to score from a set-piece.
Messi Copa America winning campaign
On the other hand, Messi had a brilliant individual and team tournament after helping his side win Copa America.
Out of the seven matches played, the 34-year-old emerged topscorer with five goals including two free-kicks and finished the tournament with the most assists (5).
The Argentine captain’s average rating per game was 8.30 where he created five big chances and missed two of them.
“Messi needed Copa America”
Lionel Messi’s Copa America win for Argentina is the most trophy needed for the 33-year-old, according to teammate Sergio Aguero.
The Albiceleste won their first Copa since 1993 and it was Messi’s first for his native country after they were twice denied by Chile in the final.
The six-Ballon d’Or winner has been criticized by many having won many trophies for Barcelona and individual accolades.
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