Football has experienced drastic changes over the years with the introduction of VAR, the new handball rule and Financial Fair Play, but one thing has remained constant throughout: Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking ability.
At 35 most normal footballers would be thinking about slowing down, looking for one final payday across the Atlantic or in the Far East, possibly even considering their coaching badges, but Ronaldo — recently named ‘player of the century’ — at Globe Soccer Awards is no ordinary footballer. The Portuguese superstar is still operating at the highest peak of football, donning the colours of European gentry and scoring goals for fun.
Indeed Ronaldo is a player who has made the extraordinary pretty ordinary. Twenty goals a season is par for the course where CR7’s concerned, but you have to admit, even his 35-haul this term is rather spectacular for a player of his age.
There was no Capocannoniere this time round as Ciro Immobile pipped him to the post, but since Ronaldo traded the Bernabeu for Turin, he has been smashing records left, right and centre; realigning the standards in Italian football and leaving his mark in emphatic fashion.
Here, we recognise the achievements made by Ronaldo in Serie A since moving to Juventus in 2018 with every record broken by the Portuguese superstar so far.
1. Fastest to a half century
Record: Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest player to score 50 goals in Serie A (61 appearances).
A three-minute brace scored by the five-time Ballon d’Or winner against Lazio in July 2020 ensured Ronaldo netted the fastest half century in the Serie A, doing so in just 61 games. The previous holder of that record was a certain Andriy Shevchenko, who scored his 50 goals in 68 games for AC Milan.
2. A 30+ trifecta
Record: Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player to score 30+ league goals in a single season in three of Europe’s top-five divisions.
That 2-1 win against Lazio in Turin also brought up Ronaldo’s 30th goal for the season, meaning he’s netted 30+ goals in a single season in Serie A, the Premier League and La Liga. In 2007/08 he bagged an outrageous 31 goals for Manchester United and, well, take your pick from his Real Madrid career, as he managed 30+ in six separate campaigns in the Spanish capital.
3. Most consecutive goals
Record: Cristiano Ronaldo is one of only three players to score at least one goal in 11 consecutive Serie A games.
Not so much a record broken as a record matched. The Portugal ace went on an 11-game scoring streak earlier this season, with that purple patch matching Serie A royalty in Fabio Quagliarella (2018/19) and Gabriel Batistuta (1994/95). In those 11 games, Ronaldo netted 16 goals but fired a blank at the end of February against Inter. There’s always next season.
It is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility for a player who defies logic on a weekly basis. He’ll be 36 next season, but he is still Ballon d’Or material and is currently Juventus’ second-most valuable player, according to Football Index*.
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