Football aces Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have dominated the beautiful game for more than a decade, breaking one record after the other and playing a game of tug of war with the most prestigious awards.
Before that day comes, however, the five-time Ballon d’Or winners have several records that are yet to be made their own.
Today, we look at the five records that are yet to be broken by the Argentine and Portuguese aces:
#1. The most goals in European Cup finals
The record for the most goals in a European Cup final is yet to be broken by the legendary duo. At present, the record is shared by two Real Madrid predecessors, Alfredo Di Stefano and Ferenc Puskas, who both scored seven times in the finals.
Messi has only struck twice in the finals (2009 and 2011), while Ronaldo has scored four final goals (2008, 2014 and two in 2017).
#2. Most appearances in the UEFA Champions League/European Cup
Iker Casillas recently broke the record for most appearances in the Champions League with 172 outings, and if UEFA club competitions are to be counted, his tally goes up to 179. He also became the very first player in history to feature in 20 Champions League seasons.
Ronaldo and Messi are yet to break the record as Casillas is still playing for Porto FC.
It is to be noted that Ronaldo is two years and 139 days older than Messi.
Ronaldo may be close to eclipsing the current record but if the goalkeeper keeps playing this season, it is unlikely that the Portuguese will be able to do so.
#3. Fastest goal in the Champions League
Ronaldo’s quickest Champions League goal came in the fourth minute for Real Madrid against his present club Juventus in October 2013.
#4. Fastest UEFA Champions League hat-trick
Despite Barcelona’s Messi beating Ronaldo to break the record for the most Champions League hattricks (8) in this season’s game against PSV Eindhoven, he is still far from Bafétimbi Gomis’s quick treble against Dinamo.
Messi’s fastest hattrick so far took 22 minutes in Barcelona’s clash against Arsenal in 2010. In his five-goal thriller against Bayer Leverkusen in 2012, however, only 16 minutes separated his second and fourth goals.
Ronaldo’s quickest treble, on the other hand, took 12 minutes against Malmö.
#5. Single European season goal total
The record for most goals in a single European season lies with Radamel Falcao with 18 goals in the 2010/2011 UEFA Europa League.