There have been huge rivalries in the past, but none were up to this level where rivalry b/w Messi and Ronaldo exist. There was a very closest was Maradona-Pele rivalry. But this rivalry b/w Messi and Ronaldo has exceeded every expectation. They've exchanged the Ballon d'or eight times, where 5 times for Messi and 3 for Ronaldo.

 

And now the Argentine ace and FC Barcelona’s star forward Lionel Messi is taking their rivalry to another level as Messi is so close to breaking Cristiano Ronaldo's Incredible Record.

Yes the Argentine ace is just one goal or assists away from tying the Portugal international and Real Madrid hotshot Cristiano Ronaldo’s total goal and assist record.

The three-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo has played 815 career matches where he has scored 557 goals and provided 187 assists, on the other side two years his junior and five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi has played 656 career matches with 523 goals and 220 assists.

So, the tally says Cristiano Ronaldo has 744 goals and assists in 815 appearances and Messi has 743 goals and assists in just 647 career appearances. 

Here it is clear that the Barcelona hotshot is just one goal or assist away from tying Cristiano Ronaldo’s total goal and assist record.