Who's better at penalties with the national team? Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?
07:47 PM, June 26, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:28 AM, June 27, 2018

Who's better at penalties with the national team? Messi or Ronaldo?

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two biggest stars at the Russia 2018 , have both missed from the penalty spot in this World Cup. Lets check out their overall penalty conversion rate and their penalty-scoring exploits with the national team.

With two more penalty kicks awarded in Monday's match between Iran and Portugal, a 28-year-old record has been broken. Twenty penalty kicks have now been awarded at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, with 15 of them being converted. The 1990, 1998 and 2002 tournaments all saw 18 penalty kicks.

Two of the biggest stars at the World Cup have however missed from the penalty spot this term. Messi missed his chance in the game against Iceland and yesterday Cristiano Ronaldo produced an identical effort for Portugal to miss from the spot.

In terms of overall penalty conversion rate, Ronaldo edges Messi with 83 percent success rate, having converted 93 out 112 penalties. Messi has taken 88 penalties and converted 71, with a success rate of 80 percent.

What happens when we compare the penalty conversion rate of these two superstars for the national team?

With the Albiceleste, Lionel Messi had 16 opportunities, of which he failed to convert just four. Two in official matches and two in unofficial matches. In official matches, he missed against Chile, in the final of the Copa América and against Iceland in group stage of the current competition.

Ronaldo meanwhile squandered 5 out of 12 penalties, bringing his conversion percentage to 58 percent, which is much lower than the 75 percent that the Argentine star has managed.

(stats: Goal.com)

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