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Cristiano Ronaldo & UEFA Champions League, a better love story than Twilight!3 min read

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Cristiano Ronaldo added a fifth Champions League trophy to his name after Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the UEFA Champions League final yesterday becoming the first player to do so. The previous season Cristiano joined Andrés Iniesta and Clarence Seedorf in becoming the third player to win the UEFA Champions League four times since the inception of the competition in 1992/93. Now Portuguese International has five UEFA Champions League winners’ medals, winning his first one with Manchester United in 2008.

Records

Club/individual

  • Most UEFA club competition goals: 123
  • Most UEFA Champions League goals: 120
  • Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season: 17 (2013/14)
  • Most UEFA Champions League final wins: 5
  • Only player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals
  • Only player to score in all six games in a UEFA Champions League group
  • Only player to score in 11 straight UEFA Champions League games
  • Only player to score 10 goals against a single club in the UEFA Champions League (Juventus)
  • Most Real Madrid goals: 450
  • Most ESM Golden Shoe awards: 4 (joint with Lionel Messi)
  • Most UEFA Club Footballer/Best Player/Men’s Player awards: 4
  • Most Ballon d’Or awards: 5 (joint with Lionel Messi)
  • Most FIFA best player awards: 5 (joint with Lionel Messi)
  • Most appearances in UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year: 12 (2004, 2007–2017)

The talisman helped his club to lift the trophy a record three years in a row and in four of the last five seasons. With his fifth title, Cristiano now holds a bizarre record of winning the cup more than the whole Barcelona team (4)

UEFA Champions League wins by club

Real Madrid – 7
Cristiano Ronaldo – 5
Barcelona – 4
AC Milan – 3 
Bayern München – 2
Manchester United – 2 
Juventus – 1
Ajax – 1 
Borussia Dortmund – 1
Chelsea – 1 
Liverpool – 1
Internazionale Milano – 1
Porto – 1 
Marseille – 1

When someone speaks about the Champions League, the first name that springs to mind is Cristiano Ronaldo. No other player comes close to the world’s best player (debatable) when talking about goals in the most prestigious club competition in Europe. In fact, the Real Madrid forward is the all-time top scorer in the tournament with 120 goals ahead of some of the players who are considered to be the best the world has ever seen including Lionel Messi, Raúl González, Karim Benzema, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Thierry Henry and numerous others. 

 
This legacy has been built up over Ronaldo’s last six seasons. In 2012/13 he finished as top scorer with 12 goals and in 13/14 he bagged 17, the biggest return ever. The following year he scored 10, sharing the top-scorer award with Messi and Neymar. In the next two campaigns, he was again top scorer with 16 and 12 goals respectively. In this current season, the Real Madrid forward has netted 15 goals.

Top UEFA Champions League scorers (excluding qualifying)

120: Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid)
100: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)
71: Raúl González (Real Madrid, Schalke)
56: Karim Benzema (Lyon, Real Madrid)
56: Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid)
50: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)
48: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale Milano, Barcelona, AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United)
48: Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea)
46: Filippo Inzaghi (Juventus, AC Milan)
45: Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund, Bayern)

This Season

The Real Madrid striker has finished top of the UEFA Champions League scoring charts for the sixth successive season, ending the campaign with 15 goals to his name, 5 more than Salah, 9 more than Messi and 10 more than Lewandowski. Ronaldo has now top-scored in the competition a record 7 times. His final tally this term is two short of his record of 17 goals in a single season.

Although it can be argued whether he made a major contribution in the final or not, it is certain that the 33-year old forward gave his best to get Real Madrid to the final stage. From carrying the team through the qualifying and knockout stages to the unbelievable overhead kick in the against Juventus and scoring the 98th-minute penalty to push Real through to the Semi-finals, Ronaldo deserves to be acclaimed for his performances, more than anyone in the Real Madrid side this season.

The 5 time Ballon d’Or winner has written his name in the history books once again. When it comes to the UEFA Champions League, Cristiano’s legacy is unquestionably exceptional which makes us think if there will ever be a greater player than him in the future of the competition, because there is certainly none in its history.

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