Cristiano Ronaldo is without a shadow of a doubt one of the greatest players to have ever graced a football pitch. The Portuguese international burst onto the world stage as a promising young winger with Manchester United before morphing into the goal scoring cyborg we continue to see with Real Madrid today.
Despite now being 33-years-old the five time Balon d’Or winner is showing few signs of letting his never before seen standards slip, and is arguably becoming even more ruthless as he gets older. Here are five of the most amazing statistics from Ronaldo’s sensational career …
Ronaldo is the Champions League all-time leading goalscorer with 119 goals
To put Ronaldo’s goal scoring exploits in the Champions League into perspective, he has found the net more times in Europes most prestigious competition since 2009 (104) than his former club Manchester United (98), and more times than Liverpool (38) and Spurs (61) combined.
The Portuguese international brace last night against Juventus now means he has scored in every round of this seasons Champions League, and it would take a brave man to bet against him keeping that run up all the way to the final in May.
Ronaldo has scored 50 hat-tricks in his career
Cristiano’s recent hat-trick in La Liga against Girona was the 50th of his epic career. Funnily enough despite winning the Balon d’Or while at Man United he only managed to score one hat-trick during his six seasons with the Red Devils.
Ronaldo is the only player to have scored in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 European Championships, as well as the 2006, 2010 and 2014 World Cups.
Ronaldo’s constant quest for perfection and his unique level of professionalism, means we very much expect this unique record of scoring in major international tournaments to continue during this summers World Cup in Russia and the 2020 Euro’s, and possibly beyond …
Ronaldo is the only player ever to have scored more than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons
Ronaldo is quite simply a goal scoring machine. He is also the top scorer ever in the history of Europe’s top six Leagues.
Ronaldo is Real Madrid’s all-time leading goalscorer
Ronaldo in Los Blancos all-time leading goal scorer with 445 goals. In total he has scored 649 goals in 904 professional appearances for club and country. Cristiano Ronaldo is really good at football.