The Portugal international netted his 15th goal of the calendar year on Tuesday night, helping his side kick Paris Saint-Germain out of the UEFA Champions League.
Sergio Aguero of Manchester City currently matches Ronaldo’s tally, and can add to his tally when Manchester City host FC Basel on Wednesday night.
Ronaldo having 15 goals as at 6 March, he has scored just two goals less than Messi had on 6 March during his world record year.
The Argentine had scored 11 goals in LaLiga, 1 in the UEFA Champions League and 2 in the Copa del Rey for FC Barcelona, as well as another 3 with Argentina to reach 17 overall at this stage.
Meanwhile, Ronaldo, has scored 12 times in LaLiga and scored 3 in the UEFA Champions league, but could not add to his tally because – unlike in 2012 –there has been no international break yet this year.
The 33-year-old, though, cannot rest on his laurels as Messi picked up massive momentum in March 2012 during his world record year. The Argentine netted 5 goals in a single Champions League match against Bayer Leverkusen, and 13 overall in March that year to take his overall tally to 30 goals.
It remains doubtful that Ronaldo will reach this tally by the end of March as he has only two more matches with Real and another two with Portugal fixed before the end of the month.
However, the Portugal international has 1 advantage over Messi’s record year in that he has some added fixtures as regards the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, while Argentina did not participate in any major tournament in 2012.