As the titanic to-and-fro between the pair rages on, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are once again in the headlines, but it's the Real Madrid superstar who's happier for it on this occasion.
Tuesday night saw Ronaldo score in his side's European tie against Juventus, pulling his team level and in the process making him the highest Champions League scorer in a calendar year—an honour previously held by the Barcelona star.
Infostrada had the details:
Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 14th CL goal in 2013, setting a new record for most CL goals in a calendar year. #cr7— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) November 5, 2013
Speaking to Sky Sports, via Goal.com, after Real's draw, Ronaldo gushed on his latest accolade, saying:
I'm so happy. This is a great moment for my career. I feel so loved and always try to do my best. I'm not worried about the records. They come naturally. Its positive, but I want to win more and to be better in the future.
The 28-year-old built on his equaliser by assisting Gareth Bale for Real's second, but could not prevent his side from drawing a game that would have assured them a place in the next stage of the competition with a victory.
It's refreshing to see that despite reaching the dizzying heights of stardom, Ronaldo still seems 100 percent focused on the wider goal of winning the Champions League rather than his individual accomplishments.
However, the Portugal international could at least stop and give himself a brief pat on the back given the magnitude of his feat.
Altogether, Ronaldo now has 14 Champions League goals to his name in 2013. Messi's 2012 record was an ever-so-slightly less impressive tally of 13.
Don't count the contest as being over, however, with Messi in action against Milan on Wednesday night and another 180 minutes of group stage football left for both to play after that.
Needless to say, these two are further cementing their places as the best of this generation in what's only the latest chapter for spectators to quantify exactly which of the two reigns supreme.