Cristiano Ronaldo’s Record Equaled by Kylian Mbappe, and Both Surpass Lionel Messi

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    PSG’s victory of 2-0 against Olympique de Marseille at the Velodrome has positioned Kylian Mbappe to potentially match Cristiano Ronaldo’s record for the longest undefeated streak in his career against a specific team.

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    CLAIREFONTAINE-EN-YVELINES, FRANCE – MARCH 19: Kylian Mbappe looks on during a France training session as part of the French national team’s preparation for upcoming friendly football matches at Centre National du Football on March 19, 2024 in Clairefontaine-En-Yvelines, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)


    Mbappe, Ronaldo, and Messi: Undefeated Streaks

    On this occasion, the French international extended his undefeated streak to 16 games against Marseille, matching Cristiano’s achievement against Espanyol. Notably, both players secured 14 victories and two draws.

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    These figures significantly set him apart from Lionel Messi’s record, who remains unbeaten in only 13 matches against Racing Santander, winning 11 times and drawing twice, a contrast to Mbappe’s achievement.

    However, Cristiano, Mbappe, and Messi share a common trait: all three remain undefeated against four teams they have encountered in more than 10 games throughout their careers.

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA – MARCH 13: Lionel Messi #10 of Inter Miami CF takes the field prior to the Concacaf Champions Cup Round of 16 match against the Nashville SC at Chase Stadium on March 13, 2024 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Rich Storry/Getty Images)

    CR7 maintains his unbeaten record against Espanyol (14 wins and two draws), Newcastle (11 wins and three draws), Bolton, and Deportivo La Coruna (nine wins and one draw). On the other hand, Mbappe has never been defeated against OM, his most frequently faced opponent in his career (14 wins and two draws), Montpellier (14 wins and one draw), St.-Ettiene (nine wins and three draws), and Brest (nine wins and one draw).

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    A noteworthy statistic among the three players is that both Mbappe and Messi have more wins than losses against all their opponents, a distinction that Cristiano does not share. Notably, Cristiano has faced more defeats (15) than victories (10) against Messi’s Barcelona.

    Ronaldo’s Masterclass Secures 65th Career Hat-Trick

    Cristiano Ronaldo showcased his prowess with an impressive performance, securing his 65th career hat-trick in the first half as Al-Nassr dominated Abha on Tuesday night. The gap in quality between the two teams was evident from the start, with the visitors taking control of the game.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo, Image Credits- Twitter

    Ronaldo opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 11th minute, expertly placing the ball past the goalkeeper after Al-Sulaiheem was fouled on the edge of the box. Just 10 minutes later, he struck again with another precise set-piece, this time finding the top corner from nearly 20 yards away.

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    In addition to his goals, Ronaldo provided an assist for Sadio Mane, who scored with a simple tap-in. The Portuguese veteran completed his hat-trick with a composed finish, lofting the ball over the onrushing goalkeeper.

    Before halftime, Ronaldo set up another goal, as Al-Sulaiheem found the back of the net to extend their lead further. Despite Ronaldo being substituted at halftime, Al-Nassr continued to dominate, adding three more goals through Abdulrahman Ghareeb and a brace from Abdulaziz Al-Aliwa, sealing an emphatic 8-0 victory and a memorable performance for the away side.

    Ronaldo’s impact was undeniable, earning him the title of the game’s MVP despite only playing for 45 minutes. In that short time, he managed to score three goals and provide two assists, showcasing his dominance as a forward.

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    Cristiano Ronaldo, Image Credits- Twitter

    While Tatarusanu’s error contributed to the first goal, it’s clear that Abha as a team struggled against the superior Al-Nassr side.

    Looking ahead, Luis Castro’s team will face Damac in their next away league match on Friday, continuing their campaign in search of further success.

    Comparing Hat-Trick Records: Ronaldo vs. Messi

    Ronaldo has scored a remarkable 65 hat-tricks in his career, comprising 55 at club level and 10 for Portugal. On average, he scores a hat-trick every 18.7 matches over his 22-year career.

    However, Lionel Messi currently holds a slight edge over Ronaldo in this regard, having scored 57 hat-tricks for club and country since his senior debut. Messi achieves a hat-trick approximately every 18.5 games.

    While both players have displayed extraordinary goal-scoring prowess, Ronaldo has slowed down in hat-trick production in recent years, scoring four since the beginning of 2020. In contrast, Messi bagged nine hat-tricks in 2012 alone, with six in both 2010, 2011, and 2016.

    Ronaldo’s record for most hat-tricks in a year stands at nine, achieved in 2011.

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