When it comes to Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, it can’t be separated from the row of records he has created. Even though he is no longer young, 36 years old, the Portuguese player is still at the highest level of the game.
The proof, in 2021 the player managed to break several new records. There have been at least five records made by the player so far. Anything? Here’s the review!
1. First player to score in stoppage time for Manchester United in UCL
In the second match of Group F of the Champions League, Manchester United faced a strong opponent from Spain, Villarreal. In that match, the Red Devils had to fall behind first through Paco Alcacer’s goal in the 53rd minute. Only 7 minutes later, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team managed to equalize through Alex Telles’ volley.
Had a tough run, Manchester United finally locked the win through Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal in the 90+5 minute. Throughout the participation of the Red Devils in the Champions League, no Manchester United player has ever scored a goal in that minute. Therefore, it is not surprising that CR7 is listed as the first player to do so.
2. Scored in five different European Cups
Cristiano Ronaldo is not only good at scoring goals at club level, but he is also very productive when he defends his country. The proof, he managed to score several goals in the 2020 European Cup competition which was held in 2021. In that tournament, the player managed to score 5 goals in just 4 matches.
This record earned him the top scorer award at the event. In addition, he also became the first player to score goals in five different European Cup competitions. He did so in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020.
3. Beat 37 different teams in the Champions League
Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Villarreal in the Champions League also made him break another record. He is currently listed as the player who has scored the most goals in the Champions League.
There have been 37 different teams whose goals have been broken by the 36-year-old player. Previously, Ronaldo was side by side with Lionel Messi because they both broke into 36 different teams in the Champions League.
4. The player with the most appearances in the Champions League
Once again, the match against Villarreal in the Champions League was like a historical stage for Cristiano Ronaldo. There is another record that was created in the match by CR7. After the match, he was listed as the footballer with the most matches in the Champions League.
So far he has recorded 178 caps at the highest event in Europe. The score surpassed the achievements of Iker Casillas who collected 177 matches in the Champions League.
5. Top scorer in history at the national team level
In the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, Portugal won 2-1 over the Republic of Ireland. Portugal’s two goals at that time were created by Cristiano Ronaldo. These goals made the player carve 111 goals for the Portugal national team.
With that nick, CR7 is listed as the top scorer in history at the international level. He surpassed Ali Daei’s record of scoring 109 goals with the Iranian national team.
If you look at his still impressive performance, it is possible that Cristiano Ronaldo will create many more records, both at club and country level.