It’s now official, one of the best players the world has ever seen, Cristiano Ronaldo is Turin-bound as he joins Juventus for £105m.
Now whether you belong to the Neymar or Messi camp, one thing is clear- Ronaldo is an incredible player whose numbers speak for him.
By the kind of courtesy of Opta, he is a list of interesting facts about arguably, the most lethal front man ever in the game of football.
- Ronaldo has scored 47% of his career professional goals in the Spanish Liga for Real Madrid (311/658) and is the all-time leading goalscorer in the UEFA Champions League (120). Only Lionel Messi (383) has scored more goals in La Liga than Ronaldo (311).
- Cristiano Ronaldo scored 26 goals in the Spanish Liga last season, finishing behind only Lionel Messi (34) goals in the goalscorer charts.
- The Portuguese forward topped the Champions League goal charts with 15 goals; five more than the next highest players: Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino & Mohamed Salah (10 each).
- In all competitions, Ronaldo netted 44 goals for Real Madrid in 2017-18 – the only player to score more was Lionel Messi (45), while Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah equalled Ronaldo’s feat (also 44 goals).
- Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo became just the fourth player to score in four different World Cup tournaments (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018) after Pele, Uwe Seeler and Miroslav Klose.
- With his goals against Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo became the first European player in history to score in eight consecutive major tournaments (World Cup and European Championships).
- Cristiano Ronaldo is the oldest hat-trick scorer in World Cup history, with the Portuguese star aged 33 years and 130 days when he scored his treble against Spain – the previous oldest was Rob Rensenbrink in June 1978 for the Netherlands against Iran (30y 335d).
- This hat-trick was also Ronaldo’s 51st during his professional career and was also the 51st scored in World Cup history.
- Ronaldo scored four goals from 21 shots at the 2018 World Cup (19% conversion rate); this after scoring three goals from 70 shots in 2006, 2010 and 2014 combined (4% conversion rate).
- Portugal’s Last 16 defeat to Uruguay was Cristiano Ronaldo’s 38th game in World Cups/European Championships – no player has played in more across the two competitions (level with Bastia Schweinsteiger).
- Overall in his career, Ronaldo has scored 27 goals against Spanish side Sevilla; five more than he’s scored against any other side.
- He’s scored 10 goals against Juventus – the team he is rumoured to be set to join in the summer. All 10 of these goals have come in the Champions League, meaning they are the team he’s scored against the most in the competition.
- Ronaldo’s best ever season as a professional came in 2011-12, when he scored 69 times for club and country. This is one of three seasons in which he’s scored 60+ goals overall, alongside 2013-14 (62) and 2014-15 (66).
- His 54 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal in 2017-18 meant that this was his lowest scoring season as a player since 2009-10, when he scored 34 goals overall in what was his first-ever season at Real Madrid.
- Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player in Champions League history to reach 100 goals for the same club (105 goals currently). He set the record of goals scored in a single Champions League season (17 goals in 2013/14).
- Ronaldo is the only player in the Champions League history to have scored in 11 consecutive games (17 goals). He is the only player in the Champions League history to reach 10+ goals in seven consecutive seasons.
- 63% of Ronaldo’s career goals have come with his favoured right foot, but he’s also known for his aerial ability – netting 18% of goals (117) with his head.
- Since 2009-10 (his first season at Real Madrid), Ronaldo has scored more headed goals in the top 5 European Leagues than any other player (52).
- Since he made his Champions League debut in October 2003, Ronaldo has scored the most goals (120) and also has the most assists (36). He has been involved in 156 goals in 153 Champions League appearances and has scored seven hat-tricks in the competition.
- Since 2009-10 (his first season at Real Madrid), only Lionel Messi (329) has scored more often in the top 5 European leagues than Cristiano Ronaldo (311) – 104 more than the next best player.
- 450 – Ronaldo’s Real Madrid-record goal tally, in 438 games.
- 17 – his record goal tally for a Champions League season, in 2013-14.
- 105 – total Champions League goals for the club, which also included 16 in 2015-16 and 15 in the most recent campaign.
- 311 – goals in La Liga.
- 16 – major trophies with the club, including two La Ligas and four Champions Leagues, three Club World Cups and three European Super Cups.
- 44 – hat-tricks for Madrid including a club-record 34 in La Liga.
- 8 – the number of times he scored four or more goals in a Real match. That included five-goal league hauls against Granada in 2014-15 and Espanyol the following season.
- 61 – his most prolific season for Real came in 2014-15 with 61 goals in all competitions, including 48 in the league.
- 659 – career goals, including five for Sporting Lisbon, 118 for Manchester United, 451 for Real Madrid and 85 for Portugal.