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Ronaldo vs Messi: Who has the most individual accolades?

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have been battling for supremacy on and off the pitch for much of the past decade — and along the way they’ve both racked up an impressive list of individual awards.

Ronaldo, the Real Madrid superstar, added to his incredible tally of personal accolades by retaining his FIFA men’s player of the year crown on Monday night, pipping Messi to the award once again.

 

 

 

And that latest achievement has left many of us wondering: who has the most individual awards?

The pair have a whopping 287 accolades between them, with Ronaldo coming out on top by contributing 157 pieces of silverware to their lengthy combined list.

Their individual lists are quite extraordinary too, with the Portuguese superstar claiming four Ballon d’Or triumphs while also winning FIFA’s The Best men’s player award two years in a row.

 

 

Barcelona forward Messi pips his arch rival in terms of Ballon d’Or victories, winning five including four in a row from 2009-2012.

Ronaldo, however, is expected to join Messi on five Ballon d’Ors by scooping the 2017 trophy after another stellar season where he helped Real Madrid retain their Champions League crown.

 

 

But away from the World Player of the Year awards, the pair have collected plenty of other recognised trophies — and some unfamiliar ones, too.

Messi comes out on top in the La Liga Best Player category, winning six times. Ronaldo is surprisingly way behind the Argentine, winning the award just once.

 

 

In the Spanish league’s other awards categories, Barcelona’s main man has scooped the Best Forward on seven occasions while Ronaldo has experienced that triumph just once.

When it comes to appearances in the FIFA FIFPro World XI, the long-term rivals are tied; they have both featured in the star-studded team 11 times.

Ronaldo’s individual list is boosted by his time in the Premier League with Manchester United, where he won three league titles and one Champions League.

 

 

During his trophy-laden spell in England, he won four player of the month awards, made four PFA Premier League Team of the Year appearances and collected the Premier League Golden Boot.

Although most of their lists are recognised awards, the superstars are also winners of lesser-known gongs.

They have both featured heavily in the ESM Team of the Year — which is voted for by members of European Sports Media — with Messi’s 10 appearances beating Ronaldo’s eight.

 

 

At the Globe Soccer Awards in 2011, Ronaldo was voted the Best Media Attraction and the Greatest Media Attraction. Five years later, he scooped the GSA’s Goodwill Award.

And the former Manchester United favourite has been recognised for his exploits throughout his career, winning the Best International Athlete ESPY Award in 2014 and 2016.

Messi, however, is a match for the Portuguese forward. He won the same award in 2012 and 2015, although Monday night’s personal victory for Ronaldo moved him 27 clear in the race for individual success.

Ronaldo has scored 44 goals for club and country so far in 2017 and scored twice in the Champions League final in June as Real retained the trophy and became European champions for a record-extending 12th time.

 

RONALDO VS MESSI: THEIR INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

LIONEL MESSI

Ballon d’Or/FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
European Golden Shoe: 2010, 2012, 2013, 2017
FIFA World Cup Golden Ball: 2014
FIFA World Player of the Year: 2009
UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award: 2011, 2015
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2009
UEFA Club Forward of the Year: 2009
World Soccer World Player of the Year: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015
Onze d’Or: 2009, 2010–11, 2011–12
Globe Soccer Awards Best Player of the Year: 2015
Best Player in La Liga: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
Best Forward in La Liga: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2009, 2011
FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2015
FIFA Club World Cup Final Most Valuable Player: 2009, 2011
FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Ball: 2005
FIFA World Youth Championship Golden Shoe: 2005
Olimpia de Oro (Argentine Sportsperson of the Year): 2011
Olimpia de Plata (Argentine Footballer of the Year): 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016
Copa America Best Young Player: 2007
FIFPro Young World Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008
World Soccer Young Player of the Year: 2006, 2007, 2008
Bravo Award: 2007
Golden Boy (Young European Footballer of the Year): 2005
IFFHS World’s Best Playmaker: 2015, 2016
IFFHS World’s Best Top Goalscorer: 2011, 2012
IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Goalscorer: 2012, 2013
La Liga Player of the Month: January 2016, April 2017
Trofeo Aldo Rovira: 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2016–17
Trofeo EFE: 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
UEFA Team of the Year: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016
ESM Team of the Season: 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year
La Liga Team of the Season: 2014–15, 2015–16
FIFA World Cup Dream Team: 2014
Copa America Dream Team: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2016
AFA Team of All Time (published 2015)
UEFA Goal of the Season: 2006–07, 2014–15, 2015–16
Copa America Best Goal: 2007
UEFA Champions League Final Fan’s Man of the Match: 2009, 2011
UEFA Champions League Final UEFA Man of the Match: 2011
UEFA Super Cup Man of the Match: 2011, 2015
Best International Athlete ESPY Award: 2012, 2015
TOTAL: 130

 

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Ballon d’Or/FIFA Ballon d’Or: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016
FIFA World Player of the Year: 2008
FIFPro World Player of the Year: 2008
The Best FIFA Men’s Player: 2016, 2017
UEFA Best Player in Europe Award: 2014, 2016, 2017
World Soccer Player of the Year: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016
GSA Best Player of the Year: 2011, 2014, 2016
Onze d’Or: 2008, 2016–17
Onze d’Argent: 2007, 2009, 2011–12
Onze de Bronze: 2010–11
Bravo Award: 2004
FIFPro Special Young Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2004–05
CNID Best Portuguese Athlete Abroad: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
PFA Portuguese Player of the Year: 2016
European Golden Shoe: 2007–08, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
IFFHS World’s Best Top Goal Scorer: 2013, 2014, 2016
IFFHS World’s Best Top Division Scorer: 2014, 2015
FIFA Puskas Award: 2009
FIFA FIFPro World XI: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
UEFA Team of the Year: 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
UEFA Ultimate Team of the Year
ESM Team of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Boot: 2016
FIFA Club World Cup Golden Ball: 2016
FIFA Club World Cup Silver Ball: 2008, 2014
FIFA Club World Cup top assist provider: 2014
UEFA Club Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
UEFA Champions League Best Forward: 2007–08, 2016–17
UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
UEFA Champions League Team of the Group Stage: 2015–16
UEFA Champions League top scorer: 2007–08, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17
UEFA European Championship Team of the Tournament: 2004, 2012, 2016 (100
UEFA European Championship Silver Boot: 2016
UEFA Euro All Time XI
UEFA European Championship top scorer: 2012
Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year: 2003–04, 2006–07, 2007–08
FA Cup top goalscorer: 2004–05
Manchester United Players’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
Manchester United Goal of the Season: 2008–09
Premier League top assist provider: 2006–07
PFA Young Player of the Year: 2006–07
PFA Fans’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
FWA Footballer of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
Barclays Player of the Year: 2006–07, 2007–08
Premier League Player of the Month: November 2006, December 2006, January 2008, March 2008
PFA Premier League Team of the Year: 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
Premier League Golden Boot: 2007–08
Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Public
Premier League 20 Seasons Awards Fantasy Team – Experts
La Liga Best Player: 2013–14
La Liga Best Forward: 2013–14
La Liga Best Goal: 2013–14
La Liga Fans 5 Star Player: 2014–15
Trofeo EFE Best Ibero-American Soccer Player of the Spanish League: 2012–13
Trofeo Alfredo Di Stefano: 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
La Liga Player of the Month: November 2013, May 2015, May 2017
La Liga Team of the Season: 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16
La Liga top scorer: 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15
Copa del Rey top goalscorer: 2010–11
BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year: 2014
ESPY Awards Best International Athlete: 2014, 2016
GSA Best Media Attraction: 2011
GSA Greatest Media Attraction: 2011
GSA Fans Favourite Player: 2013
GSA Goodwill Award: 2016
TOTAL: 157

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