Cristiano Ronaldo is the ultimate Premier League athlete - he has pace, he is finely-balanced, he is tall, physically-imposing and could have excelled at a variety of sports. The Portuguese is multi-skilled, is dominant on the ground as well as in the air and, importantly for the English division… he has an unrivalled work-rate.
Ronaldo, though, is of course a competitor in La Liga along with the rest of the Real Madrid roster.
Since transferring from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009, Ronaldo has vied along with Lionel Messi for the honour of being awarded the Ballon d'Or, or the best player in world football. In the past calendar year, he has managed to surpass the recent achievements of the Argentine, is a magnet for personal honours and is the most recent Champions League winner thanks to his goal-scoring exploits for Los Blancos.
In England, Ronaldo always had an eye for goal, however, since moving to Madrid he has become even more deadly and is responsible for scoring at least a goal per game, with a ratio that currently stands at 1.02 goals per 1.00 games.
With 255 strikes from 250 appearances in all competitions, Ronaldo is just 68 goals shy from equaling the goal-scoring record set by legendary crowd-favourite Raul, who required 741 games to score 323 times. At this rate, Ronaldo would achieve that feat by January, 2016. His legend at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu would be complete.
According to a cryptic Guillem Balague, there could be merit to the rumours that link the 29-year-old with a return to Manchester United.
"Let’s say… that I think Cristiano Ronaldo will go back," he told Munity Press recently. "When will that be? I have a good idea, but I’m not going to say it!
"I think he’s happy at Madrid, I think they’ve given him what he wanted [but] there’s something with the Premier League and him, not unfinished business but a love, which will want him back.
"Real Madrid buy and sell players like a business, with Manchester United it all goes back to that love of football as a kid.
"What he’s going to have to decide is if he does come back, he’s going to be fighting against his own shadow, and his body which is giving him a lot of trouble.
"He’ll be welcomed back by fans, but I don’t think he’ll forgive himself. It’ll be an exciting process, but we’ll have to see," Balague concluded.