La Liga finished with Messi winning Pichichi with 50 goals and having 21 assists. Ronaldo’s haul was almost as impressive, 46+12. But who has been more important to his team, whose goals and assists have brought more points?
The difference in this hypothetical situation would be a 17 points instead of 9, so Messi’s goals and assists appears to been more important to his team than Ronaldo’s, as Real Madrid would have still won La Liga, but Barça would have been sixth and failed to qualify to UEFA Champions League.
This is a completely futile analysis, I know, but I thought it was interesting nonetheless.