Messi vs Ronaldo Penalties Stats

All Time Career Penalties

Messi All Time Career Penalties

90/ 116

scores 77.6% of penalties

Ronaldo All Time Career Penalties

125/ 149

scores 83.9% of penalties

All Time Club Penalties

Messi All Time Club Penalties

75/ 97

scores 77.3% of penalties

Ronaldo All Time Club Penalties

114/ 132

scores 86.4% of penalties

League Penalties

Messi League Penalties

57/ 69

scores 82.6% of penalties

Ronaldo League Penalties

88/ 102

scores 86.3% of penalties

Champions League Penalties

Messi Champions League Penalties

12/ 15

scores 80.0% of penalties

Ronaldo Champions League Penalties

16/ 19

scores 84.2% of penalties

Other Club Cups Penalties

Messi Other Club Cups Penalties

6/ 13

scores 46.2% of penalties

Ronaldo Other Club Cups Penalties

10/ 11

scores 90.9% of penalties

International Penalties

Messi International Penalties

15/ 19

scores 78.9% of penalties

Ronaldo International Penalties

11/ 17

scores 64.7% of penalties

Messi & Ronaldo Penalty Record

Ronaldo is in the ascendency when it comes to penalties, but the gap between his penalty record and Messi’s isn’t as great as is often portrayed.

Excluding shootouts, Ronaldo’s overall penalty conversion rate is 84%, and Messi's overall penalty conversion rate is 78%.

Ronaldo has scored a staggering 125 penalties (with 24 misses) over his whole career, whereas Messi has scored 90 penalties (with 26 misses) - again excluding shootouts. It should be noted however that one of Messi’s “misses” was a deliberate assist for a Luis Suarez goal.

Ronaldo's stats are clearly superior, however he's not necessarily the ultimate ice-cool penalty king that the media often portray him to be. His penalty record is good, but it’s not as good as other elite strikers of the same generation such as Lewandowski and Ibrahimovic.

Big Penalty Misses

Both players have missed penalties in big games over their careers, sometimes costing their team and sometimes not.

Messi’s Big Penalty Misses

  • 2012 Champions League Semi-final vs Chelsea (lost)
  • 2016 Copa America Final vs Chile (penalty shootout) (lost)

Ronaldo’s Big Penalty Misses

  • 2008 Champions League Semi-final vs Barcelona (won)
  • 2008 Champions League Final vs Chelsea (penalty shootout) (won)
  • 2012 Champions League Semi-final vs Bayern Munich (penalty shootout) (lost)

Penalty Shootout Records

Messi has a slight edge in terms of conversion rate in penalty shootouts, scoring in 4 out of 5 shootouts (80%), whereas Ronaldo has scored in 6 out of 8 penalty shootouts (75%). Ronaldo has also been on the pitch for a further 3 shootouts in which he didn’t get the chance to take one due to being scheduled as the 5th penalty taker.

Messi Penalty Shootout Record

  • Copa America QF 2011 vs Uruguay - scored (lost 5-4) 1st taker
  • World Cup SF 2014 vs Netherlands - scored (won 4-2) 1st taker
  • Copa America QF 2015 vs Colombia - scored (won 5-4) 1st taker
  • Copa America F 2015 vs Chile - scored (lost 4-1) 1st taker
  • Copa America F 2016 vs Chile - missed (lost 4-2) 1st taker

Won 2 - Lost 3

Ronaldo Penalty Shootout Record

  • Euro 2004 QF vs England - scored (won 6-5) 4th taker
  • FA Cup Final 2005 vs Arsenal - scored (lost 5-4) 3rd taker
  • World Cup QF 2006 vs England - scored (won 3-1) 5th taker
  • Champions League Final 2008 vs Chelsea - missed (won 6-5) 3rd taker
  • EFL Cup Final 2009 vs Spurs - scored (won 4-1) 3rd taker
  • Champions League SF 2012 vs Bayern - missed (lost 3-1) 1st taker
  • Champions League Final 2016 vs Atletico - scored (won 5-3) 5th taker
  • Euro 2016 QF vs Poland - scored (won 5-3) 1st taker
  • Euro 2012 SF vs Spain - (lost 4-2) scheduled 5th taker
  • Confederations Cup SF vs Chile - (lost 3-0) scheduled 5th taker
  • Coppa Italia Final 2020 vs Napoli - (lost 4-2) scheduled 5th taker

Won 6 - Lost 5

More Penalty Stats

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Stats Updated Jul 11, 9:52 PM UTC