There are a few facts accepted by people all over the world, without question. The sun rises each morning, water in the oceans is salty and Cristiano Ronaldo is an absolute goal-scoring machine. The Portugese superstar turns 32 this February, and the number is hardly a reflection for his performances in recent years. Although he isn’t as dynamic as he used to be. There is absolutely no question about his ability to score goals. He has bagged 12 goals in 15 appearances this season – including a hat-trick against Atletico in the last Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon.
He netted two goals in his last match against Sporting Gijon, which made him the first player in La Liga to score 30 or more goals in 7 consecutive calendar years. That is a ridiculous number to boast. It has now come to light that Ronaldo is well on his way to credit himself to an even more impressive record.
He scored 84 Premier League goals in 196 for Manchester United and currently has a whooping 270 La Liga goals in 246 matches for Real Madrid. That means he’s now scored an absurdly good 354 goals in Europe’s top five leagues.
That’s 33 more goals than Lionel Messi’s tally, although the Barcelona icon is two years younger than his Real Madrid counterpart. If Ronaldo scores 12 more goals, he will have surpassed the great Gerd Muller (on 365 goals) and go level with the former Chelsea and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves.
Top Scorers in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues
1. 366- Jimmy Greaves
2. 365- Gerd Müller
3. 354- Cristiano Ronaldo
4. 321- Lionel Messi
5. 317- Steve Bloomer