Top 30 facts on Cristiano Ronaldo that you didn’t know

Real Madrid ace, Cristiano Ronaldo turned 33 yesterday prompting us to take a look at the 33 facts about the Portuguese football star that you may not be aware of.


Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Without further ado, below are the facts about Cristiano Ronaldo to wish him a belated Happy Birthday:

1. Second highest scorer in the history of La Liga

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 294 league goals in 274 games. He is the second top scorer in the history of the competition.

2. Two competitions in which he hasn’t scored

Ronaldo has played in Portugal, England and Spain. The striker has scored in all competitions in which he has participated except in the Community Shield and the Europa League. In the first he played a game and in the second, two without scoring.

3. 99 doubles

Ronaldo has scored 99 doubles throughout his career. 73 with Real Madrid, 25 with Manchester United and one with Sporting Portugal.

4. The all-time top scorer for Portugal.

He is the top scorer of the Portugal national team, playing 147 games and scoring 79 goals.

5. Sevilla are his favourite rival

In total Ronaldo has 27 goals in 18 matches, counting all the competitions, against Sevilla.

6. Top scorer in Real Madrid’s history

Neither Di Stefano, nor Raul, nor Puskas, nor Santillana. The top scorer in the history of Real Madrid is Cristiano Ronaldo. 427 goals in 421 matches.

7. The terror of Gorka Iraizoz

Gorka Iraizoz is the goalkeeper who Ronaldo has managed to beat the most times. The Basque keeper has been played 14 times against him and has conceded 15 goals.

8. He has scored 11 goals in finals

Cristiano has participated in 13 finals at the club level. In those matches, he has scored 18 goals.

9. Three times winner of the Pichichi

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Pichichi three times. 2010/11, 2013/14 and 2014/15. The latter was his best season: 48 goals.

 

 10. Five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or
 

He is alongside Leo Messi as the players with most Ballon d’Ors. In total, he has five awards, the last two consecutively.

11. 6 times top scorer of the Champions League

He has been the Pichichi of the Champions League for five consecutive seasons. In total, he has six top scorer awards in the competition, since in the 2007/08 season when he managed it as a Manchester United player.

12. 61 goals in a single season

In the 2014/15 season, Ronaldo achieved his highest score in a season; a figure of 61 goals, exceeding the 60 scored in 2011/12

13. 12 seasons exceeding 20 goals
Since the 2006/07 campaign, Ronaldo has always exceeded the figure of 20 goals. His lowest record was achieved in that campaign, with 23. In the current one, he already has 21.

14. Player with the most penalties scored in the League

Ronaldo has scored 77 of the 90 penalties he has taken.

15. 53 goals from direct free-kicks

Ronaldo has a total of 53 goals from direct free-kicks, including seven with Portugal. With Real Madrid, he has scored 33.

16. 107 goals with his head
A specialist in the aerial game. The striker has scored 107 goals during his professional career with his head, including 65 for Real Madrid.

17. Debut in 2002

He made his professional debut on August 14, 2002, with Sporting Clube de Portugal. His rivals were Inter in the match corresponding to that season’s qualifying phase for the Champions League. The final result was 0-0 and he was 17 years old.

18. First player to score 100 goals in the Champions League

Ronaldo has gone down in history as the first player to score 100 goals in the Champions League. Currently, he has 115 also counting the qualifying phase. With Real Madrid, the number of goals scored in this competition amounts to 99.

19. Madrid record for consecutive games scoring in Liga
In the 2014/15 season, he scored 19 goals in 10 consecutive games, a record for a Real Madrid player.

20. International at 17

At 17 years old, he made his debut with Portugal’s national team against Kazakhstan. Since then he’s been a fixture in the side.

21. Has scored five twice

It is not easy to score more than four goals in the same match. Few have been the players who can boast of having achieved it. Cristiano has scored five goals in two games. One against Granada and another against Espanyol.

22. 331 goals with the right foot
His goals come from any position and with both his left and right foot. However, it is the right that we could consider his good leg. With it, he has scored 331 goals.

23. He has faced Messi 34 times

Cristiano and Messi, the two best players of the last decade, have faced each other in 34 games. The Argentine has scored 20 goals and the Portuguese 18.

24. He has been sent off six times

Cristiano Ronaldo has seen a red card six times throughout his career. The last was in the first leg of the final of the Spanish Super Cup.

25. Has used four different numbers
 

He’s associated with the number 7, but it’s not the only number that he’s has worn throughout his career. He has also used 17, 9 and 28.

26. 329 matches alongside Benzema
The player with the most matches he has shared is Benzema. Along with the Frenchman, he has played a total of 329 matches.

27. His first goal

On October 7, 2002, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal. It was in a league match against Moreirense when he defended the colours of Sporting Clube. In that match, he also scored his first double.

28. Has played under 10 different coaches

Cristiano has had ten different coaches from 2002 until now.

29. 11 consecutive games scoring
 

His best scoring streak counting all competitions is 11 consecutive games in 2013/14. In those matches, he scored a total of 15 goals.

30. 12 titles

He has won 12 titles with the teams in which he has played. His record includes the European Championship, Club World Cup, Champions League, European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Portuguese Super Cup, LaLiga, Premier League, Community Shield, FA Cup, and English League Cup.

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