Cristiano Ronaldo sent shockwaves around the world when he dropped a bombshell by hinting his time at Real Madrid in the past tense. Experts and fans alike claimed it was an intentional move rather than slip of the tongue by Portuguese superstar to hog the limelight from Gareth Bale, who bagged a brace to help Real Madrid outsmart Liverpool in the final.
When rumours arose linking Ronaldo with a move back to his former club Manchester United, the footballing world wrote those off as they have seen the same every single transfer window since 2009. And fans who thought that rumours were fake were brought to reality on Tuesday night as Real Madrid officially confirmed the departure of Ronaldo to Italian football behemoths Juventus.
Ronaldo is already a legend. He’s conquered the whole of England and Spain and he felt it was the right time to make a move. Juventus is not a destination for him to relax, he has proved everything there is to be, but conquering Italian football will only add another golden feather to his already precious cap. He has already shaped his legacy at Real Madrid. During his 9 year spell at Santiago Bernabeu, Ronaldo has managed to do things no one would have dared to.
His achievements at Real Madrid will remain unbroken for a long time. In this article, we take a look at four Ronaldo records that will stay in the history books for a long time.
When we talk about Ronaldo, we automatically address his goalscoring abilities. The Portuguese skipper has turned into a goalscoring machine these days, ruthlessly ripping defences apart. Ronaldo at Manchester United was a crowd entertainer, but at Real Madrid, he reinvented himself and became a goal-scoring machine.
Ronaldo has 34 La Liga hat-tricks to his name. None of Real Madrid’s current players has more than 10+ hat-trick to their name. Even if new heroes emerge and display fantabulous performances, it will take time to have their names in history books as the player with most La Liga hat-tricks for Real Madrid. However, Ronaldo’s record for most La Liga hat-tricks could be eclipsed by his Argentina counterpart Lionel Messi who has 30 hat-tricks to his name.
In a Real Madrid career that stretched from 2009 to 2018, Ronaldo has delivered high-quality football throughout. He evolved from a flashy winger, who would do nutmegs and extra stepovers to entertain the audience, to a lethal forward who preferred scoring goals than bagging extraordinary goals. Ronaldo has scored 450 goals for Los Blancos from just 438 games with an astonishing 1.03 goals per game ratio.
His closest rival in the list of current players is Karim Benzema, who has 193 goals. It is highly unlikely that Benzema could surpass Ronaldo’s figure at this moment. His sheer-ability to score goals has led him to unprecedented success. It will at least take decades, if not centuries, to break Ronaldo’s this incredible goalscoring record.
Real Madrid has always had players of the highest level play for them. The club from the Spanish capital is a footballing behemoth and have 13 Champions League trophies in their cabinet. Their trophy cabinet speaks volumes about the tradition, the power, the mightiness of the club. Numerous world-class players have worn their adorned jersey, but Ronaldo is always one step ahead of others.