Over the years Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been compared by every attacking metric possible.
From trophy hauls, to goals, to assists, their careers have been intrinsically linked since hitting the world stage in the noughties.
When it comes to being fouled, though, Messi receives more rough treatment than Ronaldo, at least in most recent years.
In the 2020/21 campaign in La Liga, Messi is fouled 2.8 times per game, while in Serie A Ronaldo is fouled just 1.4 times per game.
One other statistic that needs to be looked at with this is how often the players dribble during a game, as this is usually what leads to fouls being committed by opposition players.
In the Spanish top flight this season, Messi completes 4.5 dribbles per game while Ronaldo only completes 1.8, so we can hypothesise that the Argentine is directly involved in more fast-paced confrontations with opponents than Ronaldo, and so is more likely to be involved in a situation to actually be fouled. continue reading