How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the Champions League and what other records does he hold in Europe?
Cristiano Ronaldo dominates the records in the Champions League and should help Manchester United to no end in this year’s campaign.
He currently holds a host of incredible Champions League records with achievements like being the only player to score in all six games in the group stages.
Ronaldo’s highly anticipated return to United certainly didn’t disappoint.
The Portuguese star scored two against Newcastle and sparked a social media frenzy as he even broke a new record in his first game back.
Now though, attentions can turn to his Champions League exploits with the side he won his first European trophy with.
Ronaldo has won the most Champions League finals, with one trophy at United and a staggering four at Real Madrid.
If that wasn’t enough, he’s also scored the most goals in the competition with 139 beating the likes of Lionel Messi (123), Robert Lewandowski (81), and Karim Benzema (73).
Ronaldo's Champions League record
- Matches Played: 181
- Goals Scored: 140 (0.78 Goals per Game)
- Most goals in Champions League season: 17 (2013/14)
- Most goals in Champions League knockout stages: 67
- Most Champions League final wins: 5
- Penalties Scored: 19 (19/22 Penalties Scored)
- Free Kicks Scored: 12
- Different Teams Scored against: 35 in the Champions League
Ronaldo, now 36 years old, will be eager to reach the hundred milestone this season in the Premier League.
Despite his age, he is continuously breaking records and scoring goals when other legends had already hung up their boots.
This could be attributed to his workout regime and diet that are already impressing his United teammates.
Former United assistant manager Rene Meulensteen told talkSPORT his success is down to his drive and determination.
He said: “He’s so determined, so committed. Everything that anybody threw at him, not only me but Carlos Queiroz, Mike Clegg from strength and conditioning and Tony Strudwick and Sir Alex Ferguson, he took everything in like a sponge.
“He knew everything to add to make him become the best player in the world, and more importantly, for Manchester United.
“He would take that on board and now he is an established professional footballer that has won many things for club, for country and personal trophies.”
Jamie O’Hara said on talkSPORT about Ronaldo’s return: “It was nostalgic. It really was. I grew up and Man United were the best team at the time with Ronaldo and Rooney.
“The way he was going past players, chopping players, showing his pace. I was thinking ‘wow’, 36 years of age. It was incredible to watch.”
“It looked to me like the old Man United were back.
He added: “I have to say, I know I’m a Spurs fan but Spurs are not going to win the league.
“I actually want Man United to win the league because that nostalgic feeling I had was brought all back watching them.”