Ronaldo, Rooney, Messi have THIS record in common

Cristiano Ronaldo Madrid's top goalscorer

Wayne Rooney has joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in the elite group of club and country topscorers.

Just as Ronaldo is chasing down and breaking records set by legends such as Raul, Di Stefano and Hugo Sanchez in La Liga, his former teammate Wayne Rooney may have developed the same sensation for Sir Bobby Charlton’s landmarks in England.

The Manchester United and England skipper started off his coup by pushing Charlton to second place in The Three Lion’s all-time topscorers leaderboard with a penalty against Switzerland in 2015. And then just last weekend, Sir Bobby looked on from the stands as the ex-Evertonian smashed in a wonder free-kick to surpass one of his long-standing records.

Rooney surpasses Bobby Charlton
Rooney snatched a point for Manchester United with his record-breaking free-kick against Stoke on Jan 22, 2017.

The 94th-minute equalizer was the Man United skipper’s 250th in all competitions, making him the Red Devils’ all-time goalscorer.

While Rooney’s tally may be making waves in England, what many would love to know is the forward’s standing compared to two of the sport’s finest in Ronaldo and Messi. Let’s have a look.

3. Wayne Rooney 

The 31-year old has featured in 742 games in his professional career for club and country, scoring 320 goals in that span. Of the 320 goals in his name, Rooney has:

  • 250 goals in 546 appearances for Manchester United 
  • 53 goals in 119 caps for England 
  • 17 goals in 67 games for Everton

The next candidate is Lionel Messi. Below are the statistics of the Barcelona forward:

2. Lionel Messi

The Argentine has scored 481 times in 557 games since making his senior debut for the Catalans. At national level, Messi has featured 97 times for Argentina’s senior and junior teams in official tournaments. The forward has scored 43 goals in those games.

Finally, we take a glance at the numbers behind FIFA’s Best Men’s Player of the Year’s career.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo 

Ronaldo may be par with his ex-teammate Rooney as all-time goal-kings in their respective clubs, but the chasm that their contrasting stats presents is quite huge. The iconic number 7 has scored 573 times in 816 career games. That means that he possesses 253 goals and 74 caps more than his English pal.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores five against Granada
Cristiano surpassed Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time leading goal scorer in 2015.

As of January 23, CR7 has managed:

  • 382 goals in 370 games for Real Madrid
  • 118 in 292 for Manchester United
  • 5 goals in 31 appearances for Sporting C.P (senior-side)
  • 68 strikes in 136 games for the Portuguese national team

It seems quite unfortunate that the Portuguese international decided to leave Old Trafford just as he was entering his prime years. We all can testify about the damage Ronaldo and Rooney did to the Premier League sides when the duo were teammates. Imagine their total tallies had they played together for a much longer period!

Wayne Rooney and CR7
Ronaldo and Rooney forged a formidable partnership under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United

Although Ronaldo may be aging, he is definitely not done yet. Yeah, scary right?! The 31-year-old keeps putting the bar higher for whoever may want to dethrone him.

The Portuguese talisman has been subjected to abuse and criticism lately. This includes strange calls by some annoyed fans for Florentino Perez to offload Ronaldo to China. Wednesday’s Copa del Rey encounter against Celta Vigo will present the four-time Ballon d’Or winner with an opportunity to redeem himself and put doubters to bed.

Ronaldo with EURO 2016 trophy
Ronaldo celebrates with the trophy after winning Euro 2016 with Portugal in France

And by the time his nation Portugal takes on Hungary in a World Cup qualifying game on March 25, the Seleccao skipper may be right back at the level we’ve known him to be.

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Emmanuel is a very vibrant writer from Ghana. Young but not small. Humble but full of hunger to learn and confidence to achieve greater heights in the world of online journalism. Emmanuel is passionate about the Beautiful Game with special love for English giants Manchester United and their former number 7 icon, Cristiano Ronaldo. In his leisure time, he loves writing and reading practically anything; old notes, e-books, articles... you name it! The Accra native and devoted Christian also loves drawing, swimming, watching and playing football both on the field and via FIFA video games. At times, Emmanuel loves to find himself alone at the beach and in nature.


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