The records that await Cristiano Ronaldo in 2021
First Published Jan 4, 2021, 3:16 PM IST
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the modern-day Greatest of All-Time. He is a five-time Ballon d'Or winner, besides having won the UEFA Champions League on five occasions. He also recently broke Pele's record of scoring most career goals, as he has barely slowed down.
Portuguese sensation Cristiano Ronaldo is undoubtedly one of the legendary footballers today and is indeed a modern-day Greatest of All-Time (GOAT). Like the other GOAT, Argentina's Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has a knack of scripting records with each passing game.
Ronaldo came up with some phenomenal performance in 2020 and etched his name in the history books. Meanwhile, 2021 is expected to be no different for him.
Ronaldo (758 goals) has already broken Pele's record of most career goals after he scored in Juventus's win over Udinese last night. Meanwhile, there are a few more in the reckoning, as we take a look at them.
Most international goals: Ronaldo, so far, has scored 102 international goals for Portugal in 170 games. He is just five behind the record holder, Ali Daei of Iran, who had scored 109. With the form he is in, it is just a matter of time before he scripts the feat.
First to win six UCL titles: Ronaldo is currently the joint-second most successful players in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) to have won the title. He has done so on five occasions and provided he wins his sixth with Juventus this year; he would become the joint-most to win the European championship, with Paco Gento. Also, he would become the first player in the UCL era to win six titles.
First top-scorer in three nations: Ronaldo holds the incredible record of finishing as the top-scorer in a season while playing in England and Spain. While he did come close last season, during his ongoing stint with Juventus in Italy, provided he manages to win it this term, he would become the first to do so in the three nations.
Top scorer in UEFA Euro: Ronaldo played a pivotal role in helping Portugal win its maiden UEFA European Championship title in 2016. He happens to be the joint-most goal scorer in the competition, alongside Michel Platini, with nine goals. As he is all set to lead Portugal again in the tournament this year, he would undoubtedly become the all-time top-scorer of the competition, this term.
Most UCL hat-tricks: In an exciting record that awaits Ronaldo, he could score the most hat-tricks in the UCL this year. Currently, he has eight hat-tricks to his name in the competition, which happens to be the joint-most record, along with Messi. Both would be in contention for the same, as another chapter of their rivalry is set to renew.
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