Messi v Ronaldo

Messi and Ronaldo - How many penalties have they missed in the last five years?

After the Barcelona star missed a spot-kick against PSG, we assess his record from 12 yards along with that of his great rival.

 
10:10pm on Wednesday 10th March 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Barcelona took on PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The forward, who had already scored a glorious goal from long-range, was denied by Keylor Navas, the home goalkeeper deflecting his spot-kick onto the crossbar.

Messi had scored a penalty for Barca in the first leg of the last-16 tie against PSG, which the French champions won 4-1 at Camp Nou.

The last time Messi failed from 12 yards was against Valencia in December, although the ball was ultimately recycled so that he headed home in the aftermath.

Long-time rival Cristiano Ronaldo fared little better in that same December week.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner passed up the opportunity to give Juventus a vital three points in the Serie A title race when he limply missed from the penalty spot against Atalanta.

Despite his confident-as-ever run-up, his weak effort was saved by goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini.

That was Ronaldo's third penalty miss of 2020, having previously failed to convert spot kicks against Sampdoria in Serie A in July and versus Milan in the Coppa Italia semi-final back in June.

Ronaldo, though, did score his last penalty in the Coppa Italia against Inter on February 2. He has netted seven and missed one of his attempts this season.

Looking back over the last five seasons in all competitions, Ronaldo has missed nine penalties in total but scored 48.

Ronaldo penalties missed - last five seasons

TeamSeasonCompResult
Juventus20/21Serie AJuventus 1-1 Atalanta
Juventus19/20Serie AJuventus 2-0 Sampdoria
Juventus19/20Coppa ItaliaJuventus 0-0 Milan
Juventus18/19Serie AJuventus 3-0 Verona
Portugal17/18World Cup 2018Iran 1-1 Portugal
Real Madrid17/18La LigaReal Madrid 3-2 Malaga
Real Madrid16/17La LigaReal Madrid 2-1 Valencia
Portugal16/17WCQPortugal 4-1 Latvia
Real Madrid16/17La LigaAlaves 1-4 Real Madrid

Over the last five seasons in all competitions, Messi has missed nine penalties, and scored 33. His record this season is 8-2 from 10 attempts.

Messi penalties missed - last five seasons

TeamSeasonCompResult
Barcelona20/21Champions LeaguePSG 1-1 Barcelona
Barcelona20/21La LigaBarcelona 2-2 Valencia
Argentina19/20FriendlyBrazil 0-1 Argentine
Barcelona18/19La LigaBarcelona 1-0 Real Valladolid
Argentina17/18World Cup 2018Argentina 1-1 Iceland
Barcelona17/18Copa del ReyEspanyol 1-0 Barcelona
Barcelona17/18La LigaBarcelona 4-0 Deportivo
Barcelona17/18La LigaAlaves 0-2 Barcelona
Barcelona16/17La LigaBarcelona 4-2 Eibar

The miss for Messi against PSG was the first time either he or Ronaldo had missed a penalty in the calendar year 2021.

Ronaldo has taken and converted more penalties than Messi in the last five years, as well as having a better success rate.

Messi v Ronaldo - Penalties

Penalties taken

PlayerPenalties takenPenalties ScoredConversion Rate
Ronaldo574884.2%
Messi423378.6%

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