Cristiano Ronaldo cements his reputation as one of the greatest, better than Lionel Messi

“Reaved in red. Restored in this great gallery of the game. A moving work of art. Vintage, beyond appraisal, beyond forgery or imitation.” These lines from renowned commentator Peter Drury during Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to Manchester United summed up the sentiments of most football fans. For many, the modern era in football has been defined by the exploits of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi. These two superstars have elevated the game to a level that genius and magic are two There are words that have been used ad nauseam.

During the game against Arsenal, Manchester United were again boosted by Ronaldo’s brilliance. In his 1095th career match, which includes all his playing careers for Sporting CP, United, Real Madrid, Juventus, Ronaldo scored his 800th and 801st goals. When one looks at it in cricketing terms, he has surpassed Muttiah Muralitharan’s Test tally of 800 wickets in Test cricket. There is no comparison between Test cricket and football, but the effort and skill required to take wickets and score goals is enormous.

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Lionel Messi may have won a lot of Ballon d’Or trophies. It must be emphasized once again that Messi’s talent is in no way questioned. Messi is great and talented. But, when it comes to Cristiano Ronaldo’s goalscoring ability, he is second to none. Consider these statistics that have been exposed far too often.

Ronaldo, along with Messi, is one of the players to have scored more than 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League. The football superstar has 140 goals, 17 goals ahead of Lionel Messi. It is no wonder that Ronaldo has been named as Mr. Champions League. Ronaldo holds the record for most goals scored in a single season which was 15.

But, it is his exploits in the international arena where Ronaldo is on a different league altogether. He has 115 goals in international football, six better than Iran’s Ali Daei, who held it for nearly two decades, with Messi far behind. At the Euro Championships, Ronaldo is the only player in European history to score more than 10 goals in the competition. To add more weight, Messi broke the Copa America jinx five years before Ronaldo won his first international tournament.

Ronaldo removes barriers to excellence

Ronaldo’s talent was forged at Manchester United under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson. But, he shone in his spell with Real Madrid. For nine years, Ronaldo was the king of world football. A total of 450 goals in 438 games for Real Madrid has already earned him the title of Real Madrid’s greatest ever player. He even crossed 100 goals during his spell at Juventus. Thus, he now has over 100 goals for three different clubs which is astonishing.

In addition to scoring over 100 goals for Portugal in international football, Ronaldo’s goal ratio of one goal every 1.36 games makes him the ultimate player of the generation. Be it La Liga, Serie A, Premier League and UEFA Champions League, they have dominated and won titles at every interval.

Ronaldo’s philosophy of taking the game deep is perhaps on the lines of MS Dhoni. His ability to score last-grap winners is superb, Messi has not been able to achieve this level of consistency. Dhoni likes to take the game deep till the very last ball. For Ronaldo, the last second counts in a football game.

Will Ronaldo be able to score 1000 goals?

This will make him immortal in the world of sports. There have been many sportspersons in the history of the game who have raised the gold standard of excellence. Sir Don Bradman, Michael Jordan, Colin Meads and Pele have been famous for their exploits on the football field.

Looking at the way Ronaldo is progressing and at his age, scoring 1000 goals seems difficult. But seeing the way he is going even at the age of 35, you can’t count it out. Maybe in 2-3 years, if his fitness remains intact, Ronaldo can touch the peak of 1000 goals. The 2022 FIFA World Cup will be a litmus test of how Ronaldo takes his career forward. Even if he doesn’t reach 1000, there is no doubt that with the passage of time his legendary status as the greatest will remain intact.

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