The panoply of records set by Cristiano Ronaldo: As humans, it’s impossible to stay at the top of our activities all the time. The ups and downs of life add meaning to existence. In sports, it’s no different. Sports is often considered as the most important thing amongst the least significant things in life. So, at times, what can be applied to life, can also be applied to sports and vice versa.
It takes years of hard work to set a record but it takes even more years and higher ambition to break one. The demands of it make the chasers enter tunnel vision and the dreamers must dedicate their life and work extremely effectively to even have a chance of breaking the previously set records.
Although, sometimes there comes a few giants, a few cold-blooded assassins who tear down the established order and start breaking records and setting new milestones for fun. One of them that this generation is getting to witness is Cristiano Ronaldo. In his professional career spanning over three different decades of this century, the Portuguese maestro has been one of the best entertainers in the history of sports. Here are 25 records broken by one of the best players of all time –
Most international goals:
He currently has 111 goals in 185 international appearances – making him the highest active goal scorer in the world.
Portugal’s all-time top scorer:
He is also the all-time top scorer in the history of Portugal with 115 international goals.
Portugal’s most capped footballer:
With 185 caps, Cristiano is Portugal’s most capped player.
Most international goals by a European player:
With 115 international goals by his name, Ronaldo is the leading European goalscorer in international football.
Most appearances at European Championship:
He has participated in five different editions of this tournament – making him the most appeared player in the history of the competition with 21 appearances.
Most goals in European Championships:
Including the qualifying rounds, Ronaldo has scored 45 goals in the tournament – most goals scored by a player in this competition.
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Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer:
With 450 goals in 438 appearances, Ronaldo has cemented his place as the all-time top scorer of the Los Blancos.
The oldest hat-trick scorer in a World Cup match:
In Portugal’s group stage game against Spain in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Cristiano became the oldest player ever to score a hat-trick in this tournament at the age of 33 years, 130 days.
Real Madrid’s all-time highest hat-trick scorer:
Wearing Madrid’s jersey, he has scored 44 career hat-tricks in all competitions.
The fastest player to score 150 LaLiga goals:
In just 140 games, Ronaldo set this record.
The first player to score 50+ goals in the Premier League, La Liga & Serie A:
He is the fastest player to score 50+ goals in three different leagues of the top five leagues.
The fastest player to score LaLiga 200 goals:
Took him only 178 games to score 200 league goals while representing Real Madrid.
The fastest player to score 300 LaLiga goals:
In just 286 LaLiga games, Ronaldo achieved this milestone.
The fastest player to score 250 La Liga goals:
Cristiano required only 228 league games to set this record.
The first player to reach 100 Champions League wins:
He became the first player to win 100 UCL games in the history of the tournament.
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UEFA Champions League’s all-time top scorer:
With 141 goals in 187 UCL appearances, he is the all-time leading goal scorer of the UCL.
The first player to score 10+ UEFA Champions League goals for three different clubs:
Ronaldo has scored 22 UCL goals, 105 UCL goals and 14 UCL goals for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus respectively.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10+ Champions League goals for the seventh season running—no other player has done so in more than two pic.twitter.com/bgxFimYF2V
— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 14, 2018
Most goals in a single UEFA Champions League season:
In the 2013/14 UCL edition, he scored 17 goals in a single UCL campaign – record that’s yet to be broken.
The first player to score 100 club goals in three different countries:
He has scored 130 goals, 450 goals and 101 goals for Manchester United (England), Real Madrid (Spain) and Juventus (Italy) respectively.
The only player to score in all six games of a Champions League group stage:
In the 2017/18 UCL campaign, he went on to score 16 goals which included one goal in each groups stage match.
The Champions League is Cristiano Ronaldo’s competition… everyone else is just playing in it. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/LyDaWh8qa0
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) May 26, 2018
Most goals in the UEFA Champions League finals:
He has 4 goals in the UCL finals – the highest ever by an individual.
The fastest to 100 goals for Juventus:
In just 131 games, he reached the 100 goals in all competitions mark for Juventus.
Most consecutive seasons with 10+ goals in Europe’s top five leagues:
He has now scored 10+ goals in Europe’s top five leagues for 15 consecutive seasons.
Most appearances in UEFA Team of the Year:
With 15 appearances by his name, Cristiano is the most appeared player in the history of UEFA TOTY.
The fastest player to score 50 goals in Serie A:
While playing for Juventus, Ronaldo achieved this feat in only 61 appearances.