In just four seasons at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the powerful Portuguese attacker is sixth on the top ten list of all-time goalscorers…
Recently described by new Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti as a 'phenomenon', well-rounded attack-minded wing forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, is just a matter of games away from bursting the net of the top five goalscorers to have ever been on the books at Los Blancos.
Ronaldo, in just four seasons in Spain, has firmly established himself as one of Real Madrid's most reliable scorers of goals, ever. He brings edge-of-the-seat anticipation when he lines up free kicks from dead ball situations, is so strong and well-balanced that his dribbling style is a nuisance for opposition defenders, has mastered long shots and is a threat in the air.
On strictly a goals per game basis, he is a more reliable forward than any of the other high-profile names on Real Madrid's top ten goalscorers list (see below).
Should he continue at the same rate set over the past four years, then he will wrestle Hugo Sanchez away from fifth place in mid-September and leapfrog Ferenc Puskas before the end of the season. He could even best Real icon Raul at the end of 2015 if he maintains his current rate of prolificacy.
Indeed, fellow Real legends believe it may be a matter of when, rather than if.
Amancio Amaro, tenth on the list, was quoted by the club's official website earlier in the year to have said: 'The goals that he’s scored so far, and that we hope he keeps scoring, in just the short time that he’s been a part of this club, is clear evidence that he’s a wonderful player with incredible power.
'At the rate he’s going he’ll beat all the records and could even surpass Alfredo di Stefano.'
There has been intense press speculation suggesting that Ronaldo's record as the most expensive transfer (£80 million, from Manchester United in 2009) could be broken this summer as the club continue to be linked with Gareth Bale, with a £86m fee suggested.
Some reports claim Bale would be a replacement for Ronaldo, however, the two could play in tandem. Ronaldo has featured as a central striker for Portugal (a country who have given him 104 caps to date) and the Portuguese was even used at the top of the formation by Ancelotti just last week during a pre-season friendly against Ligue Un side Olympique Lyonnais.
Such a shift in Ronaldo's positioning would not come as a detriment to his ability to bulge nets as, according to eighth-placed Pirri, Ronaldo is a 'born striker'. He said: 'Not only is he a born striker with both feet but for me he’s also the most complete player in the world. He’s powerful, fast, vertical, he jumps high for headers [and] he’s got a great strike.'
Ronaldo, himself, is determined to reach the top of Real's striking charts.
'Records are made to be broken,' said the number 9. 'I’m happy to have reached these numbers. What I want more than anything is to keep on going and try for first place.'
|Player||Goals||Games||Per game average|
|Alfredo di Stefano||305||392||0.78|
Will Ronaldo become Real Madrid's all-time top goalscorer? Could he even get to the 400 goal landmark? Or will he transfer away from Spain before he can surpass Sanchez? Tell us what you think in the comment section below…
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