Lionel Messi, Barcelona superstar, was recently crowned the best player in the world following an impressive 2018-19 season.
The 32-year-old scored 54 goals in 58 appearances in all competitions in the year under review and beat Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo to the prestigious prize.
Although, the Argentine is yet to score for the Blaugrana this campaign owing to the calf injury he's been battling since the completion of the 2019 Copa America championship in Brazil.
Data however shows that Messi still has an edge over his arch rival Ronaldo as CIES Football shares stats between the two from their last 1,000 minutes as reported by SunSport.
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According to data provided by OptaPro in regards to their general performance index in six areas - recovery, distribution, take on, chance creation and shooting.
And the outcome of the research reveals Messi beats Ronaldo in every department with an overall score of 91, compared to Ronaldo’s 84.
The 32-year-old scored 99% in shooting, take on and chance creation, while he got 10 in rigour and recovery, as well as 80 in distribution.
Ronaldo on the other hand polled 83% in shooting, his best stat, 69 in take on and 62 in distribution.
The ex-Real Madrid star however equaled Messi with 10 in rigour and recovery while getting 48 in chance creation, and this comes days after the Portuguese snubbed Argentine while voting for his FIFA best player.
Meanwhile, the Barca captain voted for Sadio Mane as his top choice, with Ronaldo second and team-mate Frenkie de Jong his third pick.
But Ronaldo didn't reciprocate the love - he went with Juve compatriot Matthijs De Ligt first followed by De Jong second and Kylian Mbappe third.
Van Dijk picked eventual winner Messi first, with team-mates Mo Salah and Mane second and third.
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