Hashirama & Madara have clashed numerous times but how many times have they faced each other as enemies? We are shown 3 battles between Hashirama and Madara in which they are going all out. The first was when they were really young and the next when they were a bit older and Hashirama is shown using Wood style
The next battle we are shown more than just pictures, we see Izuna wounded by Tobirama and later died from the same wound. What most people didn't pick up is that Madara didn't escape, Hashirama let him leave
Look on the top right corner, Madara is holding a smoke bomb and Hashirama obviously saw. Not only that but Hashirama could have restrained him before he took out the smoke bomb. How do I know? Madara looked wounded and fatigued where as Hashirama didn't have a scratch on him, this is Kishi telling us that Hashirama is still on top.
In their final battle, Madara had Kurama at full power, EMS, Perfect Susano'o and so many more advantages on his side. Once again Hashirama overcame all those obstacles so once again Hashirama is shown above Madara.
Conclusion of this bit: During all their encounters Hashirama always wins and lets Madara stay alive so this means Hashirama > Madara during previous encounters.