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 Ronaldo destroys Messi as 27 players with 100 or more international goals officially named

 Ronaldo destroys Messi as 27 players with 100 or more international goals officially named

Regarding the never-ending Lionel Messi versus Cristiano Ronaldo discussion, the year 2022 has been largely one-sided.

The 18th of December has been dominated by Messi, who won the FIFA World Cup for the very first time.

Messi was awarded the Golden Ball after scoring seven goals and registering three assists in Qatar.

The Argentine phenom has performed admirably for Paris Saint-Germain in 2022.

Messi has contributed to 26 goals in 19 games in all competitions in the 2022/23 season alone, a fantastic performance.

In contrast, Ronaldo’s 2022 campaign pales in comparison.

Both locally and internationally, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has struggled to score goals. He is now without a club following his contentious departure from Manchester United.

In spite of the fact that recent events have not been favorable for the Ronaldo camp in the discussion, we must never forget the practically unrepeatable impact he has had on the sport.

In a recent blog post, the experts at the  International Federation of Football History & Statistics elaborated on this point.

The 27 players with 100 or more international goals for club and country have been officially identified.

Ronaldo, the leading scorer in men’s international football for Portugal, is unsurprisingly a good distance ahead of Messi.

The 27 players with 100 or more international goals for club and country

27. Eusebio (Portugal) – 100 goals

26. Bader Al-Mutawa (Kuwait) – 100 goals

25. Mohamed Salah (Egypt) – 101 goals

24. Miroslav Klose (Germany) – 102 goals

23. Pele (Brazil) – 103 goals

22. Sergio Aguero (Argentina) – 104 goals

21. Sunil Chhetri (India) – 104 goals

20. Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon) – 105 goals

19. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) – 108 goals

18. Romario (Brazil) – 109 goals

17. Thierry Henry (France) – 110 goals

16. Ronaldo Nazario (Brazil) – 112 goals

15. Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) – 113 goals

14. Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine) – 115 goals

13. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) – 115 goals

12. Edin Dzeko (Bosnia & Herzegovina) – 117 goals

11. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – 119 goals

10. Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 121 goals

9. Ferenc Puskas (Hungary, Spain) – 122 goals

8. Ali Daei (Iran) – 122 goals

7. Raul Gonzalez (Spain) – 123 goals

6. Karim Benzema (France) – 128 goals

5. Neymar (Brazil) – 136 goals

4. Gerd Muller (Germany) – 137 goals

3. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – 178 goals

2. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 235 goals

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 270 goals

Even after Messi’s fantastic World Cup performance, the top spot is uncontested.

In addition to being the top scorer in men’s international football, Ronaldo also leads in Champions League goals.

It is unlikely that the deficit will be completely closed before Messi retires. However, nothing is ruled out when it comes to the little man.

 Ronaldo destroys Messi as 27 players with 100 or more international goals officially named

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