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The ‘gap’ between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo has been varying considerably through seasons. In the charts below, some comparisons that focus on attacking play metrics, are shown. As you might infer from the charts, the difference between the two players has probably never been larger than in the 2015/16 season.

1 goals-+-assists2 goals-trailing-and-level3 dribbles4 chances5 chances-through-ball6 assists-through-ball

You get the same impression also when comparing Messi’s and Cristiano’s numbers in the context of other European attacking players:

7 g-vs-dr8 dri-vs-ch9 ch-ch-thr-b

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