In the quarter-finals of the 2017 Champions League، Cristiano Ronaldo scored five times against Bayern Munich over two legs. In the semis، he scored a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid، the Daily Mail reports. So when Real Madrid won the final against Juventus in Cardiff، it came as little surprise that it was orchestrated by Ronaldo. He bagged a brace، deciding yet another game. Ronaldo is a man for the big occasion. At the 2018 World Cup in Russia، he has continued to show that mentality، leading to those inevitable comparisons with Lionel Messi. Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone accidentally contributed to the debate this week when a WhatsApp audio message to his assistant German Burgos was leaked in Spain. In it، Simeone said: 'Messi is very good but he is very good because he is accompanied by extraordinary footballers. If you had to choose between Messi and Ronaldo for a normal team، who would you choose?' In terms of who you would rather have in your side when it comes to the big games — the 90 minutes where it really matters — then the majority may side with Ronaldo. A look at their Champions League records tells us how much of an influence he has. In the group stages، both have bagged 60 goals، though the Barcelona man has managed it in 15 games fewer. Yet as the competition progresses، Ronaldo takes over. In the quarter-finals، he has scored 23 goals in 20 games. Messi has scored 10 in 20. In the semis، Ronaldo has scored 13 compared to Messi's four. In the final، it's four to two. Once the heat is on، Ronaldo steps up، just as he has in Russia. Every football fan will have his or her own preference. But with both Ronaldo and Messi carrying the expectations of entire nations on their shoulders، one has delivered، the other has not. For Portugal، 33-year-old Ronaldo has decided two games – securing a draw with a hat-trick against Spain، and scoring the winner against Morocco. Iran are next on Monday. Messi، meanwhile، has cut a frustrated figure at this World Cup. Having a country turning to him for inspiration appears to have weighed him down.