During his first eight seasons with Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 364 goals, a jaw-dropping average of 52 per year. In fact, only in his debut season did he fail to achieve the 50-goal mark, as injuries kept him off the pitch for nine La Liga matches and for the full Copa del Rey.
In those eight seasons, Ronaldo played an average of 50 matches, another impressive mark when sustained for such a long period. His famous determination to play — and score — in every possible match knew no limits, and phenomenal numbers, shocking stats, and records kept piling up as the years went by.
It’s nonsensical to say that those marks meant little too Real Madrid supporters or that Ronaldo’s goals were meaningless. Sixteen goals against Barcelona, including a winner in a Copa del Rey final and a clutch goal at the Camp Nou last season, made for the kind of stories that socios like to tell their grandchildren when they describe one of the greatest players ever. His exploits against Atletico de Madrid, one of his favorite teams to score against, would deserve a full column if we were discussing a true Real Madrid rival, not a simple local feud. Read more