Ipurúa is uncharted territory for Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese ace has never faced Eibar or visited their quaint little ground before, so Saturday’s game means an opportunity to place another pin on his map of conquests. The star’s previous exploits are awesome enough to strike fear into the heart of even the most optimistic ‘Armeros’ fan: the current Ballon d’Or holder has scored against no fewer than 50 of the 51 sides he has taken on in a Real Madrid shirt.
Four new names added to the hitlist
This season, CR7 has hit the target against all four opponents he hadn’t met before for ‘Los Blancos’, namely Córdoba in the league and Basel, Ludogorets and Liverpool in the Champions League.
Dinamo Zagreb, the one that got away
The 29-year-old’s list of victims is extraordinary and is a testament to the fact that he never rests on his laurels and is always looking to add further notches to his goalpost. The only team who have escaped unscathed against Ronaldo since he moved to Madrid are Dinamo Zagreb, whom he faced once in the 2011-12 season.
A stunning La Liga streak
Two other stats should have Eibar trembling: Cristiano alone has netted five more goals than they have as a team and to top that off, the forward has registered in every single league appearance this term.
Another record in sight
If he keeps up his present strike rate, Ronaldo is on course to bag somewhere in the region of 67 La Liga goals, smashing the previous season record of 50, set by Leo Messi in 2011-12.