FT Baseline Interactive: who is the better goalscorer, Messi or Ronaldo?

By John Burn-Murdoch and Gavin Jackson

Between them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more than 300 league goals in the last four seasons of Spain’s La Liga.

In fact so remarkable are their goal scoring talents, that the two superstars occupy the top six places on a list of highest scoring league seasons for any player in the English, French, German, Italian or Spanish leagues over the last fifteen seasons.

But which of the two is the better player in terms of goals scored? And what happens when we remove penalties from the equation? What about when we factor in goals created for their team mates?

You can find the answers to these questions and more in our interactive graphic