Messi vs Ronaldo Assists (Opta)

All Time Career Assists (Opta)

Messi All Time Career Assists (Opta)

302

makes an assist every 3.0 games

Ronaldo All Time Career Assists (Opta)

223

makes an assist every 4.7 games

All Time Club Assists (Opta)

Messi All Time Club Assists (Opta)

260

makes an assist every 2.9 games

Ronaldo All Time Club Assists (Opta)

193

makes an assist every 4.5 games

League Assists (Opta)

Messi League Assists (Opta)

185

makes an assist every 2.7 games

Ronaldo League Assists (Opta)

140

makes an assist every 4.2 games

Champions League Assists (Opta)

Messi Champions League Assists (Opta)

35

makes an assist every 4.1 games

Ronaldo Champions League Assists (Opta)

40

makes an assist every 4.5 games

Other Club Cups Assists (Opta)

Messi Other Club Cups Assists (Opta)

40

makes an assist every 2.6 games

Ronaldo Other Club Cups Assists (Opta)

13

makes an assist every 7.8 games

International Assists (Opta)

Messi International Assists (Opta)

42

makes an assist every 3.4 games

Ronaldo International Assists (Opta)

30

makes an assist every 5.7 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 don't seem to consistently abide by a particular definition like Opta does. They don't count all assists (such as deflected passes and rebounds), nor do they follow Opta's definiton - they fall somewhere in between.

UEFA list Ronaldo as having 41 Champions League assists, whereas the official Opta figure is 39 Champions League assists - excluding 1 assist in Champions League qualifying.

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

Updated Jan 26, 11:57 PM UTC