Cristiano Ronaldo vs Lionel Messi: all-time goals, career stats and awards

Euro 2024 may be Portugal captain's last chance at a trophy, while Messi looks to retain Golden Boot and Argentina dominance in Copa América

Lionel Messi at the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony in Paris
Lionel Messi at the 2023 Ballon d'Or France Football award ceremony in Paris
(Image credit: Franck Fife/AFP via Getty Images)

Cristiano Ronaldo endured a difficult and goalless night as Portugal suffered a shock defeat by Georgia at Euro 2024.

It means that the footballing superstar has "now failed to score in the group stage of a major international tournament for the first time in his career", said the Daily Mirror. Before Euro 2024 he had scored at least one goal in all 10 major tournament group stages he'd played at.

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Mike Starling is the digital features editor at The Week, where he writes content and edits the Arts & Life and Sport website sections and the Food & Drink and Travel newsletters. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.