The words “Phenomenal” and “Clinical” are often overused in the footballing world, but they are the most accurate way to describe Cristiano Ronaldo’s nine-year tenure at Real Madrid. He scored 450 goals in 438 games and such a record is simply beyond the dreams of any mortal footballer. Here we look at 4 records Ronaldo would have broken if he had stayed at Real Madrid,
#4 Most goals for Real Madrid in Supercopa de Espana
Ronaldo had 4 goals in 7 Spanish Super Cup games when he left Real Madrid. His last appearance in that competition was both controversial and unforgettable.
In the first leg of the 2016-17 competition at the Camp Nou, Ronaldo came from the bench to score a thunderous counter-attack goal after cutting-in at the edge of the box and beating a full-length dive from Ter-stegen. Real Madrid’s record goalscorer in the competition is Raul with 7 goals from 12 appearances.
#3 Most appearances for a foreign player
This record is currently held by the legendary left-back Roberto Carlos, who played 550 games for Real Madrid in all competitions. Ronaldo has 438 appearances for the Los Blancos across all competitions in nine seasons which gives him an average of about 49 games per season.
If he had stayed until his deal expired in the summer of 2021, he would have had a clear chance of breaking this record.
#2 Most goals for Real Madrid in El Clasico
Currently, Alfredo Di Stefano and Ronaldo are joint holders of this record, with 18 goals apiece. Considering his Real Madrid deal ran up to 2021, Ronaldo would have had at least 6 La Liga Clasicos to overtake Alfredo Di Stefano’s tally.
Also, with 5 goals in Copa Del Rey Clasicos, he could have broken Santiago record Bernabeu’s tally of 8 goals.
#1 First man to score 500 goals for Real Madrid
Ronaldo is already the only player to score 400+ goals for Real Madrid and considering his goal-scoring rate, this record is probably the easiest one to break. Raul is way behind Ronaldo with just 323 goals and no other active player has a realistic chance of breaking the 500 goal barrier.
If Ronaldo had achieved this remarkable landmark, he would have been just the fourth player in the history of Europe’s top five leagues. The other three are Messi for Barcelona, Uwe Seeler for Hamburg, and Gerd Muller for Bayern Munich.