10 records Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to make
The number of football records Cristiano Ronaldo holds is staggering; his goalscoring exploits and the numbers produced belong to a different generation.
Originally joining Los Blancos from Old Trafford in 2009 for a then world-record fee of £80 million (€94m), which now seems peanuts, the Portuguese captain has transformed into an all-time major.
In between, as productive as he has appeared, there are quite a number of few personal landmark still beyond him, but knowing the insatiable appetite he possesses and enjoyment in chasing history, you wouldn’t go against him.
1.Most goals for a single club
Ronaldo’s hat-trick goal in Real Madrid’s emphatic Champions League semi-final first-leg win over city rivals Atletico brought his overall poll for the club to 399 goals.
As impressive as that may read, with awareness it came in 389 matches, it’s nowhere near the world record.
That honour, calmly, becomes to football royalty Pele who managed 643 goals for his beloved Santos.
2. Most appearances for Real Madrid
With a signed new five-year contract in the Spanish capital at the end of 2016, Ronaldo could remain at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021 when he should be 36 years old, so Raul’s all-time appearance is a bulls-eye.
Though, it could appear to be unrealizable considering the current Ballon d’Or recipient has 389 to his name.
3. Most top division goals
Ronaldo recently outdid Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea legend Jimmy Greaves in terms of goals scored across Europe’s top six leagues.
But if we were to widen it to include every top division across the world, then his 367 goals struggles into comparison to Pele, who registered 541 strikes during his respective stints in Brazil and the United States.
In world football, Ronaldo is third on the all-time scorers list (16 goals), behind Lionel Messi (23) and Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano (18)
5. Most career hat-ricks by a European footballer
As mentioned, Ronaldo produced yet another hat-trick in Los Blancos emphatic win over Los Rojiblancos, for club and country it stretched his total to 47 (with one of those being for Manchester United).
He is not far behind the most by a European footballer, that honour belongs to another Real great, Ferenc Puskas, who claimed 61 hat-tricks throughout an illustrious 23-year playing career.
6. Most Champions League appearances for Real Madrid
It is likely that Ronaldo will finish his career at Real Madrid, which will see his love affair with the Champions League continue. To date he has made 86 appearances in the competition with them but there is a long way to go to match Iker Casillas’ 152.
7. Most goals in a season
The rivalry between Ronaldo and Messi has enthralled football supporters in the 21st century as we are undoubtedly watching two modern greats.
The most goals Ronaldo has managed in a single season stands at 61, during the 2014/15 campaign, Messi – who holds the world record – achieved 73 in 2011/12.
8. Fastest Real Madrid goal
The current record is held by Chilean legend Ivan Zamorano who took 12 seconds to score past Sevilla in September 1994.
9. Most international goals
No current active European footballer has scored more international goals for his country than Ronaldo (71), but the overall record is held by revered Iranian centre-forward Ali Daei.
10. Most goals in La Liga
. Lionel Messi, the current record holder, has a 65-goal advantage at the moment with 345 compared to Ronaldo’s 280. Milestone.