Opta Assists - Messi vs Ronaldo All Time Assists (Opta)

All Time Career Assists (Opta)

Messi All Time Career Assists (Opta)

320 Assists (Opta)

Messi makes an assist every 3.0 games

Ronaldo All Time Career Assists (Opta)

229 Assists (Opta)

Ronaldo makes an assist every 4.8 games

All Time Club Assists (Opta)

Messi All Time Club Assists (Opta)

273 Assists (Opta)

Messi makes an assist every 2.9 games

Ronaldo All Time Club Assists (Opta)

198 Assists (Opta)

Ronaldo makes an assist every 4.6 games

League Assists (Opta)

Messi League Assists (Opta)

197 Assists (Opta)

Messi makes an assist every 2.7 games

Ronaldo League Assists (Opta)

144 Assists (Opta)

Ronaldo makes an assist every 4.4 games

Champions League Assists (Opta)

Messi Champions League Assists (Opta)

35 Assists (Opta)

Messi makes an assist every 4.3 games

Ronaldo Champions League Assists (Opta)

41 Assists (Opta)

Ronaldo makes an assist every 4.6 games

Other Club Cups Assists (Opta)

Messi Other Club Cups Assists (Opta)

41 Assists (Opta)

Messi makes an assist every 2.7 games

Ronaldo Other Club Cups Assists (Opta)

13 Assists (Opta)

Ronaldo makes an assist every 8.0 games

International Assists (Opta)

Messi International Assists (Opta)

47 Assists (Opta)

Messi makes an assist every 3.4 games

Ronaldo International Assists (Opta)

31 Assists (Opta)

Ronaldo makes an assist every 5.9 games

Messi & Ronaldo Opta Assists

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We get a lot of questions about assist stats. The problem is that assists are, by nature, very ambiguous and subsequently many different websites and stats providers have slightly different numbers.

This website doesn't use Opta as a direct data source, however we do try to align our assist stats with Opta's as much as possible, as they are the industry leading stats provider.

Opta are the most reliable stats source and the closest we've got to an "official" stats provider in football. They provide stats for the BBC, the Premier League, WhoScored, Squawka, and many other major media outlets.

The following is Opta's assist definition:

The final touch (pass, pass-cum-shot or any other touch) leading to the recipient of the ball scoring a goal. If the final touch (as defined in bold) is deflected by an opposition player, the initiator is only given a goal assist if the receiving player was likely to receive the ball without the deflection having taken place. Own goals, directly taken free kicks, direct corner goals and penalties do not get an assist awarded.

Transfermarkt on the other hand are much more loose with their assist definition; they count deflected passes, rebounded shots, penalties won, and own goal assists; however they are seemingly very inconsistent in terms of awarding these assists and there are subsequently many holes in their data.

For complete assist totals of all types, including deflected passes, goalkeeper rebounds, post rebounds, penalties won (scored by others) and own goal assists, take a look at our All Assists (+ non-Opta) page.

You can also view a full list of all assists that Transfermarkt are missing from their records over on our Info page.

Ronaldo Champions League Assists

UEFA do not use Opta as their stats provider unfortunately, and whoever they do use appear to count rebounded shots as assists, which Opta do not count. To clarify, a rebounded shot would be when a team mate scores after the goalkeeper has saved a shot from Messi/Ronaldo.

Messi has one goalkeeper rebound assist in the Champions League (in the 14/15 final), whereas Ronaldo has two goalkeeper rebound assists in the competition.

Therefore, UEFA list Ronaldo as having 42 Champions League assists, and Messi with 36 Champions League assists, whereas the Opta figures are 40 for Ronaldo (excluding 1 in qualifying) and 35 for Messi.

If you have any questions about assist stats, contact us on Twitter at @mvsrapp, and we’ll do our best to help.

Updated Jan 24, 11:40 AM UTC