Who rules Champions League? Track Messi, Ronaldo's goal-record duel

Wednesday March 18th, 2015

Barcelona's Lionel Messi and Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo are the undisputed top two players on the planet, combining for the last seven World Player of the Year honors and shattering goal records along the way.

With both still in their primes, they figure to be trading the Champions League all-time goal record for the coming years. Each tied and passed former Real Madrid star–and current New York Cosmos striker–Raúl's mark of 71 this season, and have a head-to-head battle on their hands (or on their extremely gifted feet). Barcelona and Real Madrid each made the Champions League semifinals, which means each has at least two more games this season to add to his total, and even more if the clubs advance.

We'll be tracking their Champions League progress from here on out. Scroll over the timeline below to watch each player's historic goals, doing so with the knowledge that the next closest active player (in Europe, given that Raúl is playing in New York now) to both of them is 37-year-old Chelsea forward Didier Drogba...with 44.

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo: More Records

MOST GOALS IN LA LIGA HISTORY: Messi (283)

MOST HAT TRICKS IN SPANISH COMPETITION: Messi (32)

MOST HAT TRICKS IN LA LIGA HISTORY: Ronaldo (25)

MOST GOALS IN A SINGLE CLUB SEASON: Messi (73)

MOST GOALS IN A CALENDAR YEAR: Messi (91)

MOST GOALS IN A SINGLE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEASON: Ronaldo (17)

MOST ALL-TIME GOALS IN EUROPEAN CLUB COMPETITION: Ronaldo (79)

PORTUGAL'S ALL-TIME LEADING SCORER: Ronaldo (52)

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