The FIFA 2022 World Cup draw in Qatar has been completed. See below which country is in which group:
- Group A:
- Group B:
Scotland / Ukraine / Wales
- Group C:
- Group D:
Peru / United Arab Emirates / Australia
- Group E:
Costa Rica / New Zealand
- Group F:
- Group G:
- Group H:
Records are a big part of football and they are even better if you can achieve them while playing for your country.
Just like German legend Miroslav Klose who holds the record for the most goals in all of World Cup history with 16 goals from 24 games, or French legend Just Fontaine who scored 13 goals in only one World Cup appearance to hold the record for the most goals at a World Cup.
And there’s Gabriel Batistuta, the only player to net hat-tricks in consecutive World Cups.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are two of the best players in the world but their World Cup records are not as stellar as their overall careers. But whose records stand out among the two players considered the Greatest Of All Time (GOAT) players in football history?
Here are the records of both players in their four World Cup appearances to date, so you can make your inferences.
World Cup head to head
Messi has 19 World Cup appearances while Ronaldo has 17, despite playing in four World Cups each (both had their World Cup debuts at the same time, in 2006).
The appearance numbers clearly show that Messi has won more than Ronaldo has, which tilts this record in the Argentine’s favour.
Messi’s win-draw-loss record stands at 13-2-4 while Ronaldo’s stands at 7-5-5. Both players have the opportunity to extend their records but Ronaldo will be looking forward to catching up when the 2022 FIFA World Cup comes round later this year.