Although his current situation at Manchester City goes through a path of chiaroscuro, the story of Cristiano Ronaldo and his love story with the goal It’s the postage stamp the Portuguese has worn since that 2002 debut with Sporting Lisbon.
The Red Devils forward is one of the most prolific goalscorers in world football history: he has already passed 700 screams at club level.
The Portuguese champion, in an eternal battle with Lionel Messi for the throne of the best player of the time, leaves his mark beyond where he played, whether in Portugal, England, Spain or Italy.
Until 4 November, at the Portuguese crack has scored 818 goals since his Sporting Lisboa debut in 2002 and until his second stop at Manchester United.
Cristiano has already exceeded the 735 of Gerd Müller, the 746 of Puskas and also Pelé (767) or Romario (772) among the best historical scorers. In addition, at the national level, he surpassed Ali Daei’s score as top scorer with 117 points against 109 for the Iranian.
Cristiano continues to break records: on 9 October 2022, with the goal scored against Everton in the tenth round of the Premier League, he reached 700 goals at club level in his career, just two days after the 20th anniversary of the first scream of his career, on 7 October 2022 against Moreirense for the Portuguese championship, the night in which he scored a brace.
The duel with Messi in his selections
Lio Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are on the list of the best players in football history, especially for their impact on the game and their ability to win titles, especially at the club level. But today the challenge for Qatar 2022 has other jerseys: none other than those of the Argentina and Portugal national teams.
A constant between both is the eternal confrontation. Who is better, Cristiano or Messi?
Beyond the answers that everyone can have, it is interesting to see how the two stars went when they wore the jerseys of their national teams.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo manages better figures, although these continue to reveal the parity in statistics that exists between the two forwards.
The Portuguese, with 190 games played and 117 goals (0.62 goals per game) has accumulated another 26 appearances for Portugal. In that time he scored 30 more goals than the current PSG player.
As for the Argentine national team captain, he has 164 appearances and 90 goals, which leaves him an average of 0.55 goals per game. Although at least the ‘Flea’ compensates thanks to the assists, since he gave a total of 38 (0.23 on average) for the 15 of the Portuguese (0.08).
His performances at the World Cup
Both the Argentine and the Portuguese have played four World Cups but have not won any titles. The Portuguese surpasses the Argentine for the number of goals with fewer games played.
Both began their 2006 World Cup journey in Germanyand continued in South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014 and Russia 2018. In the infographic, all their numbers.