Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has had the best season of his career.
Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has broken multiple records as he ended Real Madrid’s otherwise disappointing season with a hat-trick in the 7-3 rout of Getafe.
Since trading the Red Devils for the Spanish capital, the Portuguese winger has been a relentless goal-scoring machine but this season on a personal note is his best yet.
He started the campaign on fire, netting as many as 25 La Liga goals in his first 16 matches and setting such high standards that Lionel Messi’s record 50-goal haul looked under serious threat.
A dip in form at the turn of the New Year levelled out his goals-per-game ratio to somewhat normal levels, but a surge of nine goals in his last four La Liga games has seen him once again hit the headlines.
Ronaldo's latest 21-minute hat-trick against Getafe was a Spanish record eighth of the season, and incredibly the third in his last four La Liga matches.
Moreover, his final end-of-season tally stands at 48 league goals and 61 in all competitions - the best the 30-year-old has recorded on both accounts in a single season throughout his career.
Ronaldo’s goal-scoring exploits have seen him claim the Pichichi award ahead of rival Lionel Messi for the second season running, the first Madrid player to accomplish such a feat since club hero Hugo Sanchez.
However, for all his efforts this season, the three-time Ballon d’Or winner incredibly ends the campaign empty-handed on the trophy front – a sad state of affairs which sums up Madrid’s season.
Have Los Blancos’ fellow players failed Ronaldo? Or has the former Old Trafford favourite’s personal ambition of creating history had an adverse effect on his teammates and the team’s success?
It’s an intriguing question, and one that’s worth pondering especially considering Lionel Messi’s record-breaking 73-goal haul in the 2011-12 campaign only saw the Argentine net the Copa del Rey.