Tiktukno: summary of today's events in sports, 24.3 (Sport1)
It's amazing that the fight between them is still relevant, but it certainly continues: Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi continue their battle, and after both scored in a day in their national team uniforms, the pair of footballers are competing for the title of the greatest scorer of all time - and thus their historic rivalry is preparing for a new chapter, after the two competed for Almost 20 years on all individual, group and international titles.
Cristiano scored a pair yesterday in the uniform of the Portugal national team against Liechtenstein and reached 830 goals in his career.
He is the player with the most goals ever, the player with the most goals in a national team uniform (120), and yesterday also became the player who recorded the most appearances ever in a national team uniform (197).
This is a tremendous achievement for the star, who at the age of 38 continues to provide landmarks for the history books of football.
Since his debut for Sporting on August 14, 2002, the Portuguese has played 1,153 games, averaging an impressive 0.71 goals per game.
Not going to give up first place.
Ronaldo (Photo: GettyImages)
They can't take that away from him.
Messi and the cup (Photo: Reuters)
At the same time, another celebration took place in Argentina.
Leo Messi scored in the uniform of the world champion in its 0:2 against Panama, reaching 800 goals in his career.
Argentina's all-time top scorer is only one goal away from 100 goals for the Albiceleste.
Although he is 30 goals away from Cristiano, he reached the goal in 136 games less than the Portuguese, so his average is better, 0.78 goals per game.
So who will finish the career with more goals?
Age may be decisive.
Cristiano is already 38 years old, but still hungry, and has moved to the Saudi league, where he might be able to continue his historic scoring rate (so far in 2023 he has 11 goals in 11 games).
Messi, on the other hand, is already 35 years old, but proves that he is still at his peak.
It should be noted that Messi is still only in third place: in front of him is Josef Bikan, who scored 805 goals in 530 games in Austria and Czechoslovakia, the greatest scorer in the twentieth century, with an average of 1.52 goals per game.
Following them on the list are Pele (with 765 goals in 812 games, an average of 0.94), Romario (753 goals in 963 games, an average of 0.78 goals per game), Franz Puskas (741 goals in 746 games, an average of 0.99 goals per game) , and Gerd Muller (735 in 793 games, an average of 0.93 goals per game).