4 records that prove Cristiano Ronaldo is an all-time great
The debate over who is the greatest player of all time has occupied pundits and fans since the modern game has begun. Different generations have pitted their footballing heroes against the waves of modern footballers, leading to a slew of never-ending discussions.
As different polls and articles seem to provide different results, the argument has yet to be settled. No clear owner of the title is visible just yet.
The title of GOAT has been passed between many players, from the Brazilian Ronaldo to Zidane and from Pele to Maradona, with all staking a worthy claim of the accolade.
However, with the emergence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, the debate has now been refocused entirely on to the two of them, with a majority of past legends being ignored.
Whilst the battle for supremacy will continue to rage on between the two greatest players in the world for years to come, it is still interesting to see who has the better claim to being the greatest as things stand right now.
With this in mind, I will present four reasons why Cristiano Ronaldo is part of the pantheon of the all-time greats of football, and perhaps the greatest of them all.
1. Scoring 100 Champions League goals for one club the quickest
Not only is Ronaldo the all-time top goalscorer in the Champions League, he also reached 100 goals with a single club in the competition quicker than anybody in the European Cup's 63-year history.
Only 10 players have managed to score more than 30 goals in the Champions League for a single club, so for Ronaldo to reach 100 goals is an astounding achievement in itself.
However, it is the speed at which he reached this milestone that makes CR7's record truly remarkable. Ronaldo has scored at least a goal per game while playing with Los Blancos, with his goal-to-game ratio standing at 1.05.
This milestone is not something that has been done before and it certainly isn't a number that players casually reach, despite the Champions League hosting some of the greatest strikers of all time well before Ronaldo and Messi reached 100 goals.
Ronaldo was able to score a goal per game in the most elite competition in football for almost a decade to make this record. The ability to do this not only requires goalscoring capabilities equal to the Brazilian Ronaldo, who is perhaps the greatest goalscorer ever, but also total concentration, consistency, determination and self belief.
Many strikers don't manage to score 100 goals for their club in all competitions, so for Ronaldo to do this in the Champions League alone is amazing. And for him to do it against the best defences in the world in just 95 games is nothing short of miraculous.
Considering that Ronaldo has achieved something no one else has in the competition that arguably boasts the highest calibre of teams, illuminates what a freakish talent he is.