Ilicic: How does Atalanta star compare to Messi and Ronaldo after four-goal haul?

Wed 11 March 2020 | 5:16

Josip Ilicic continues to take Italy and Europe by storm this season. We take a look at his numbers using Opta stats.

Josip Ilicic smashed a couple of records as Atalanta surged into their first Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday.

Ilicic became the first player to score four goals in a Champions League knockout away game as high-flying Atalanta defeated Valencia 4-3.

The 32-year-old attacker also became the oldest player to score a hat-trick away from home in the Champions League – his stunning haul of five goals across two legs helping Atalanta complete an 8-4 aggregate triumph.

Ilicic – the jewel in Atalanta's crown – continues to take Italy and Europe by storm this season, but how does he stack up against Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona's Lionel Messi domestically and abroad?

We take a look at his 2019-20 Serie A and Champions League numbers using Opta stats.


Games playedIlicic: 7/21Ronaldo: 7/22Messi: 6/22

GoalsIlicic: 5/15Ronaldo: 2/21Messi: 2/19

PenaltiesIlicic: 2/0Ronaldo: 0/7Messi: 0/3

Mins/GoalIlicic: 103.2/99.47Ronaldo: 311/92.62Messi: 240.5/99.47

Shot Conversion Rate (ex. Blocks)Ilicic: 45.45/26.79Ronaldo: 9.09/22.58Messi: 10.53/23.75

Hat-tricksIlicic: 1/1Ronaldo: 0/1Messi: 0/3

Four or More Goals (inc. Hat-tricks)Ilicic: 1/0Ronaldo: 0/0Messi: 0/1

Big Chance Conversion percentageIlicic: 80/70.59Ronaldo: 66.67/68.18Messi: 40/42.86

AssistsIlicic: 0/5Ronaldo: 0/3Messi: 3/12

Dribbles CompletedIlicic: 21/55Ronaldo: 14/40Messi: 47/118

Big Chance CreatedIlicic: 3/13Ronaldo: 0/6Messi: 7/22

source: SportMob