Cristiano Ronaldo leads the 2014/15 European Golden Shoe standings

Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo moved closer to the 2015 Golden Shoe award with goals against Rayo Vallecano and Eibar in the last week.

While he remains four clear of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi—who netted against Almeria and Levante since the previous update—the Argentinian only has seven La Liga matches left to make up considerable ground.

Here is the 2014/15 Golden Shoe Standings Table:

Ronaldo overtook Messi with his five-goal showing against Granada on April 5 and is looking as prolific as ever after a poor bout of form.

His goal against Rayo was an extremely important one, providing LosBlancos with a 68th-minute breakthrough in a fixture which threatened to stall their title hopes. His 21st-minute strike against Eibar set Carlo Ancelotti‘s men en route to a standard 3-0 win. Positively for Messi, whose Barca side dropped two points against Sevilla, he managed to keep pace for the week.

Although Messi didn’t gain any ground this week, It is undoubtedly looking like a two-horse race for the main prize again.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Career in Numbers at 30!

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his 30th birthday. Here is Ronaldo’s career in numbers look like…

12.24 million pounds – Manchester United parted with a sizable sum to bring Ronaldo from Sporting Lisbon in August, 2003. Ronaldo ran the show for Sporting in a 3-1 friendly win against the English giant and boss Alex Ferguson later claimed his players urged him to sign the attacker after his stunning performance.

28 – The number Ronaldo requested to wear at United. That was turned down by Ferguson, though, who wanted him to wear the club’s number seven shirt – made famous by the likes of George Best, Eric Cantona and David Beckham. Ronaldo obliged and went on to inspire a whole new generation of the club’s fans to put the number seven on the back of their shirt.

9 – Ronaldo’s trophy haul with the Manchester club. He would cherish the UEFA Champions League success – after edging a penalty shootout against Chelsea in 2008 – and three Premier League crowns (2007, 2008 and 2009). United also won the FA Cup (2004), League Cup (2006 and 2009) and Community Shield (2007, 2008) in his time at the club.

118 – Ronaldo scored 118 times in 292 appearances in all competitions for the Old Trafford outfit. Given he started at the club as a winger, his record is particularly impressive. United’s official website lists him as one of the club’s “legends”, putting him in the esteemed company of Best, Bobby Charlton and former teammates Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs. Ronaldo has also won 118 senior caps for Portugal.

80 million pounds – When Ronaldo left United to join Real Madrid, the Spanish giant was forced to part with a breathtaking sum of money. It was the world record for a transfer at the time, only usurped when Gareth Bale also moved to Real in 2013.

3 – Ronaldo has won FIFA’s Ballon d’Or – now awarded to the world player of the year – on three occasions. His first victory, in 2008, was when it was given to the European Footballer of the Year.

52 – So often Portugal’s savior, Ronaldo’s goal-scoring record at international level is close to one every two matches. The talisman single-handedly fired Portugal into the 2014 FIFA World Cup, scoring all four of the side’s goals in a two-legged playoff against Sweden, while he also netted in the nation’s UEFA Euro 2004 semifinal win against the Netherlands. That put Portugal into the showpiece, but, on home soil, he was unable to rise to the occasion as Greece celebrated a shock 1-0 win.

23 – With 23 goals in European Championship matches – be it qualifiers or tournament matches – Ronaldo now holds the all-time record. He passed Denmark’s Jon Dahl Tomasson with the only goal in Portugal’s 1-0 win over Armenia in Group I qualifying in November.

17 – Along with a plethora of trophies and medals, Ronaldo also has his fair share of records. His 17 goals in Real’s successful UEFA Champions League campaign of 2013-14 is a record for one season. He netted nine in the group stage and his 120th-minute penalty in Real’s 4-1 final win over arch-rival Atletico Madrid sealed the record.

465 – An incredible number of career senior goals for any retired player to have, let alone one who is still cleary in his prime. Few would bet against Ronaldo adding several hundred more to his account before he calls it a day.

Cristiano Ronaldo Eyeing Dream Season

La Liga returns this weekend after its winter break with Real Madrid leading the division by one point – as well as having a game in hand.

An interesting sub-plot over the second half of the season will be whether Cristiano Ronaldo can continue his current scoring pace – and beat Lionel Messi’s single season record for goals.

Ronaldo netted 51 goals in 47 appearances last season, setting a record of 17 goals for one edition of Europe’s elite club competition, as Real secured a record-extending 10th continental crown and the King’s Cup.

The Portugal captain continued where he left off in 2014-15 as the world’s richest club by income claimed the European Super Cup and Club World Cup and he has amassed an incredible 32 goals in 25 games in all competitions.

Ronaldo is on 25 goals through 15 games in league this season, already halfway to Messi’s record of 50 set during the 2011/12 season, as he’s currently 10 goals ahead of Messi this season. Ronaldo has boosted his total with seven strikes from the spot, yet his non-penalty goals total is currently ahead of Messi’s total at the same stage in 2011/12, with his non-penalty goals per 90 average leading La Liga this season:

 

Villarreal’s Moi Gomez has the highest non-penalty conversion rate in the division at 36.4% after scoring four goals. Only Gomez and Stephane M’Bia currently have conversion rates above 30% – both of which are likely to regress going forward.

The below table contains every player with at least four goals so far this season, also containing each player’s match winning goals as Ronaldo also leads the division in this area (24.0% of his goals scored).

It would be a dream if 2015 was like 2014 or even better,” Ronaldo said in an interview published in sports Daily As.

It is possible to do it because Madrid is always a candidate to win the competitions it is playing in,” added the 29-year-old.

We have a team spirit that can help us win the most titles possible and we will fight to the death to get them.”

Ronaldo attributed much of Real’s recent success to the arrival of coach Carlo Ancelotti, who replaced the divisive Jose Mourinho at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Italian Ancelotti immediately ended Real’s 12-year wait for their 10th European title and using the club’s millions has built a formidable side that is top of La Liga and one of the favorites to repeat their Champions League success this term.

The coach has a lot of importance,” Ronaldo said.

”He is a great trainer and a great person and we are all delighted with him. Together we are a united family which will try to improve on the successes of 2014.”

Ronaldo will find out whether he is going to be crowned FIFA World Player of the Year for the 3rd time or not and his second in a row, on Jan. 12 when he is up against Argentina captain Messi and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Goal Stats: Cristiano Ronaldo in a league of his own

The past year has seen a change at the pinnacle of world football, with Cristiano Ronaldo thrusting himself to the fore through goals, trophies and individual honours.

Leaving aside the World Cup, when he was clearly hampered by injury, the Real Madrid star’s performances over the last 12 months have been so consistently brilliant and his stats so impressive that barely a few years ago they would have been unfathomable.

Both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi belong to that select band of greats who have been touched by the gods. They may walk on the same ground and breathe the same air as the rest of us, but they are of a higher order and their feats have long eclipsed what mere mortals are capable of.

In 2014, the Portuguese ace has outscored the Argentine by six goals at club level (56 to 50), though the Barça man played a game more. The difference becomes more conspicuous when strike rates are considered: while Cristiano has racked up 1.10 goals a game, Messi has averaged 0.96 goals per encounter.

The gap widens when only La Liga is taken into account. The ‘Azulgranas’ maestro has netted 35 times in 36 league appearances, while CR7 has bagged 38 goals in 28 fixtures in the Spanish top flight, giving him an extraordinary strike rate of almost 1.36 goals a match.

The biggest factor in this disparity is Ronaldo‘s extraordinary start to the 2014-15 season. The ex-Manchester United forward has got his name on the scoresheet 25 times in just 14 La Liga appearances this term, while his closest challenger – Messi,  has 15 goals under his belt.

2014 Top Goal Scorer, Ronaldo outscored Messi

As we near to the end of 2014, it might be interesting to look back on the year and see which player scored the most goals in all competitions for club and country. The familiar names (or the usual suspects) are of course Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as they have topped this list in each of the last 5 years.

Cristiano outscored Messi in the calendar year, scoring 61 against Messi’s 58, and winning 4 major titles UEFA Champions League & Super Cup, Copa Del Rey, FIFA Club World Cup with Real Madrid whereas Messi failed to achieve any of the Honour with Barca.

The first thing you see is of course the gap between the duo of Cristiano and Messi and the rest of the pack as second-placed Messi has 22 goals more than third-placed Karim Benzema.
 
It is also important to note that of the top 5 goal scorers this year, 4 are playing in La Liga (2 from Real Madrid, 2 from Barcelona). Which is to be expected when you consider the attacking forces of the 2 most dominant teams in World.
The only one from the top 5 goal scorers who is not in La Liga is of course Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which really highlights the class and quality of the player as he has been out injured for almost half this season yet still did well enough through out the year to finish in the top 4. Finally in the 5th spot is Brazilian starlet Neymar who has scored more goal with his national team than any other player on this list [15]. He has excelled through out the year with Brazil, admittedly he played a lot of friendlies, and has particularly found his groove with Barca this season as he has already scored 11 goals in La Liga this season.

However Cristiano Ronaldo, for the second consecutive year, will finish as the top goal scorer with his 61 goals. His goal tally is especially noteworthy as he became the first European player ever to score 60 or more goals in 4 consecutive years. Among all of the records Cristiano has broken and/or achieved, this record might be the one that demonstrates his inhuman consistency more than any other record. Thanks largely to his goal tally in 2014, coupled with his 4 titles and 7 individual awards, it does seem likely that Cristiano Ronaldo will be lifting his 3rd Ballon d’Or in less than a month in Zurich.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo All 69 Goals & 17 Assists in 2013

WATCH THE VIDEO – ALL CRISTIANO RONALDO 69 GOALS AND 17 ASSISTS (2013)

 

When Sepp Blatter said that Cristiano Ronaldo is like a ‘commander on the field of play’, he probably was referring to the Real Madrid star’s absolutely magnificent exploits in front of goal.

But the Portuguese took it the wrong way!

This 2013 alone, the forward has found the net a staggering 69 times and assisted his teammates 17 times. In the 2013/14 season alone, he has hit 27 in all official competitions for his club, orders higher than the goals both his rivals for the 2013 Ballon d’Or have.

Injured Messi, who is set for a January return, has 14 while their German counterpart, Ribery has a measly 12 in all competitions.

CRISTIANO RONALDO STATISTICS FOR PORTUGAL AND REAL MADRID IN 2013