UEFA Records Messi and Ronaldo have not Broken Yet

Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo seem to pass goalscoring landmarks every week, but there are plenty of UEFA Champions League records they have yet to break.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi‘s ongoing battle to be the top goalscorer in European football remains perhaps the greatest footballing drama of our age, but both need to raise their game considerably if they are to scoop the following European Champion Clubs‘ Cup and UEFA Europa League records.

Final goals
Most goals in European Cup finals: 7 – Alfrédo Di Stéfano, Ferenc Puskás (both Real Madrid CF)
Goals in most European Cup finals: 5 – Alfrédo Di Stefano (Real Madrid, 1956, 1957, 1958. 1959, 1960)
Most goals in a single European Cup final: 4 – Ferenc Puskás (Real Madrid, 1960)
Most goals in a single UEFA Champions League final: 2 – Daniele Massaro (AC Milan, 1994), Karl-Heinz Riedle (Borussia Dortmund, 1997), Hernán Crespo (Milan, 2005), Filippo Inzaghi (Milan, 2007), Diego Milito (FC Internazionale Milano, 2010)

With two finals goals each – and only one in any single final (Messi in 2009 and 2011, Ronaldo in 2008 and 2014) – Ronaldo and Messi both have a way to go to emulate the all-time final star strikers. Two other players have also scored in two UEFA Champions League finals: Raúl González (Real Madrid, 2000, 2002) and Samuel Eto’o (FC Barcelona, 2006, 2009).

Goals in European Cup/UEFA Champions League stages
Most UEFA Champions League group stage goals: Raúl González (53)
Most European Cup/UEFA Champions League quarter-final goals: Alfrédo Di Stéfano (14)
Most European Cup/UEFA Champions League semi-final goals: Alfrédo Di Stéfano (11)

Raúl‘s twin records as the leading UEFA Champions League and UEFA club competition goalscorer have fallen to Ronaldo (who holds both) and Messi (who shares the former only), but the ex-Madrid ace retains his status as the all-time top marksman in the UEFA Champions League group stage; Messi on 44 and Ronaldo on 38 may surpass that mark yet.

Di Stéfano remains king in terms of quarter-final and semi-final goals, though his throne appears increasingly vulnerable. Ronaldo has registered 12 in the quarters and eight in the semis; Messi has notched 10 and two respectively at those stages.

Success with different sides
Final wins with the most teams in the UEFA Champions League: 3 – Clarence Seedorf (AFC Ajax 1995, Real Madrid 1998, Milan 2003, 2007)
Highest number of teams scored for in the UEFA Champions League: 6 – Zlatan Ibrahimović (Ajax, Juventus, Internazionale, Barcelona, Milan, Paris Saint-Germain)

Cristiano Ronaldo is unique in having scored in UEFA Champions League finals for two different winning sides – Manchester United FC in 2008 and Madrid in 2014. The luckless Velibor Vasović is the only other player to net in European Cup finals for two clubs, as a loser with FK Partizan in 1966 and Ajax in 1969. Ronaldo will require a transfer if he is to match Clarence Seedorf’s unique achievement of winning the competition with three separate teams.

Oldest goalscorer
UEFA Champions League final: Paolo Maldini (36 years 333 days) Milan v Liverpool FC (25/05/2005)
UEFA Champions League, group stage to final: Francesco Totti (38 years 59 days)
PFC CSKA Moskva v AS Roma (25/11/2014)
European Cup: Manfred Burgsmüller (38 years 293 days)
SV Werder Bremen v SC Dynamo Berlin (11/10/1988)

To overtake the UEFA Champions League oldest scorer mark, Ronaldo will need to register in the competition, group stage to final, after 1 April 2023, and Messi after 22 August 2025. To become the European Cup’s all-time oldest scorer, Ronaldo will have to hit the target after 22 November 2023, and Messi after 13 April 2026.

Fastest goals
Fastest UEFA Champions League goal: Roy Makaay (10.12 seconds)
FC Bayern München v Real Madrid (07/03/2007)
Fastest UEFA Champions League final goal: Paolo Maldini (53 seconds) Milan v Liverpool (25/05/2005)

Hat-tricks
Fastest UEFA Champions League hat-trick: Bafétimbi Gomis (8 mins)
GNK Dinamo Zagreb v Olympique Lyonnais, 07/12/2011
Hat-tricks in consecutive UEFA Champions League games: Luiz Adriano (2)
FC BATE Borisov v FC Shakhtar Donetsk (21/10/14) & FC Shakhtar Donetsk v FC BATE Borisov (05/11/14)

Long-distance records
Goals in most successive UEFA Champions League seasons: Raúl González (14)
Goals in most UEFA Champions League seasons: Ryan Giggs (16)

Sporting Clube de Portugal did not get through qualifying in Ronaldo’s only attempt with the club, and the forward then failed to net in his first two UEFA Champions League seasons with United. However, he has registered in the last nine campaigns – and nine in all – meaning he must keep playing and scoring for five more seasons to catch Raúl. To replicate Giggs’s total he may – like the Welshman – need to play on until he is over 40.

There were no false starts for Messi, yet he has scored in only ten UEFA Champions League campaigns and will be well into his 30s before he can trouble Raúl or Giggs in this respect.

Single-season total
Most goals in a single European season: Radamel Falcao (18), FC Porto 2010/11

Falcao’s glorious exploits in the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League set a mark that Messi and Ronaldo have been unable to emulate. The Colombian’s haul included one goal in qualifying and 17 in the competition proper. Messi’s best year came in 2011/12 when he ended the European season with 14 strikes, while Ronaldo set a new European Cup/UEFA Champions League record with 17 in 2013/14. Both men have notched eight this term, meaning they will have to make it to the final and score at a rate of over two a game if they are to outgun Falcao.

Goalscoring consistency
Goals in most consecutive appearances: Ruud van Nistelrooy (9), Manchester United, 2002/03
Best goals per game average in European Cup/UEFA Champions League: 0.97 – Gerd Müller (Bayern)
Best goals per game average in UEFA club competition*: 0.90 – Radamel Falcao (Porto, Club Atlético de Madrid)

Ruud van Nistelrooy did not figure in all United’s games in the 2002/03 UEFA Champions League but managed to score in nine straight appearances in that campaign – ten if you include his goal in qualifying. Ronaldo has come the closest to bettering that mark, with strikes in eight successive 2013/14 outings.

However, when it comes to goals per match, Ronaldo cannot compete with the all-time record holders. His UEFA Champions League record stands at 0.66 a game – 76 goals in 115 games – and it is 0.66 in all UEFA club competitions too – 78 in 118. Messi has registered at (0.80 in the UEFA Champions League – 75 goals in 94 games; 0.78 in all UEFA competitions – 76 in 97). If Falcao’s awesome total may yet come down when he returns to European action, Gerd Müller‘s European Cup ratio still seems unbeatable.

Ronaldo joins Real greats in 300 club with his historic 5 goal haul

A five-goal haul in Sunday’s 9-1 win over Granada saw Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid’s 300 club alongside Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to 300 goals for Real Madrid on Sunday as he scored five times in their 9-1 rout of Granada.

The Ballon d’Or holder registered an eight-minute hat-trick before half-time – the quickest treble of his Real career – and then added two more after the break at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo‘s fifth goal – an injury-time header – took him to 300 goals for the club, making him the third player to achieve that feat after Real legends Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Former Spain skipper Raul scored 323 goals in 741 games for Real, while Di Stefano‘s tally stands at 308 from 396 outings.

Ronaldo reached the 300 mark in an astounding 287 games, with 214 of those goals coming in La Liga. The Portugal captain has 60 to his name in the UEFA Champions League, as well as 21 in the Copa del Rey, three in the Supercopa de Espana and two in the European Super Cup.

After his stunning display on Sunday, Ronaldo tweeted: ”Happy to have scored 5 goals with this excellent team work. Thank you for all your support.”

Ronaldo now sits eighth in La Liga’s all-time scoring charts, having overtaken Pahino, who scored 211 times in 278 games for Real, Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna in the 1940s and 50s.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are class apart – Sir Alex Ferguson

Sir Alex Ferguson claims there is no-one out there ready to challenge Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi for the title of the world’s best player.

The former Manchester United boss believes Messi and Ronaldo are out there on their own and have no threat to their status as the best on the planet.

The former Manchester United boss is a fan of Barcelona star Neymar but feels he still has some way to go before he fulfils his talent.

You’ll always look at clubs like Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester United to produce that kind of player you’re talking about,” said Ferguson.

But to be honest I’m not sure there’s one sticking out at the moment. The boy Neymar gets a lot of publicity about the potential he’s got, but I think that’s still to be seen, still to be fulfilled.

Certainly, most people I speak to speak highly of the boy. When I had Anderson at United, he spoke volumes about the boy’s ability.

So hopefully he’ll be the next one who’ll produce the type of talent we see in Messi and Ronaldo.”

In a rare interview,the former Manchester United boss also hailed Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti as one of the best coaches in the world.

Ferguson suggested Ancelotti would have no trouble landing another big job if Real ended this season empty-handed and he is shown the door.

Real have never kept a manager in a season when he has not won a trophy, and Ferguson said: “I think these types of jobs are difficult, particularly if there are elections coming up.

Real Madrid and Barcelona have elections every third year I think it is.

“It doesn’t matter who the manager is. The election for a new president will be based on the success of the football team and what player he can buy and what coach he is going to sack.

“There’s no doubt it works that way, but I don’t think Carlo is under pressure. He probably is, because, as you know, of the dynamics of that kind of football club.

“But, for me, Carlo is one of the best coaches I’ve ever come across and one of my biggest opponents, so I wouldn’t worry about his future, that’s for sure.”

BBC better than the last year, say Real Madrid

The FIFA backed CIES Football Observatory have published their rankings of the best performing players in football right now, or at least, since 1st January and who have appeared in at least 66% of games during that period.

When it comes to the attacking department, the CIES list of stellar performing forwards, featured all three of the ‘MSN‘ trio of Lionel Messi (1st), Luis Suarez(4th) and Neymar (12th), demonstrating that the Barcelona trident can rightly claim to be the most fearsome over recent months.

In stark contrast and amidst the plethora of Spanish media criticism, the Real Madrid trio fared somewhat poorly. 2014 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo ranked a measly 29th, whilst Gareth Bale didn’t impress either, ranking 35th, closely followed by Karim Benzema in 37th.

Since winning the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2014, Real Madrid have suffered a notable dip in performance, with their ‘BBC‘ attack notably misfiring by comparison with the superb form they demonstrated during the first half of the season.

Seemingly in a direct response to the recent media criticism of their stellar threesome, and this CIES report, Real Madrid responded with a somewhat convenient offering of their own data, via their official club website, highlighting that the three players have ‘bettered’ their appearance and goal numbers this season, compared to the 2013-14 campaign in La Liga, stating:

Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have already bettered their figures from their first La Liga season together at Real Madrid. During the present championship campaign, they have appeared together in 21 games (always as starters), scoring 42 times, more than half of the team’s goals so far in the competition.”

”The BBC began their life together at Real Madrid on matchday four of the 2013/14 season, in El Madrigal. In a match that ended in a draw with Villarreal, Gareth Bale, on his debut for the Whites, and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers. The three players featured in 19 La Liga games together, during which time they notched up 39 goals and 11 victories.”

Indeed, the numbers quoted by the official Real Madrid website hold true, suggesting that whilst reports such as those by the CIES might be a valid overview of most recent form, their ‘BBC’ has clearly improved in La Liga at least, compared to last season.

However, four points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the title race, Real Madrid will still need to see the very best of performances from Bale, Benzema and particularly Cristiano Ronaldo, if they’re to recover lost ground. With ten games of the campaign remaining, there’s still time.

Cristiano Ronaldo Tops Goal Rich List 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo is the richest footballer in the world, according to the 2015 Goal Rich List, an annual chart of the game’s wealthiest active players, Goal.com reports.

The Real Madrid star, 30, also topped the list in 2014 but has bolstered his position over the last 12 months to emerge €10 million ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi with an overall personal wealth of €210m.

Ronaldo has increased his wealth substantially, thanks largely to having collected bonuses for helping Real Madrid to the Champions League and Club World Cup crowns. He also received a sum for winning the 2014 Ballon d’Or.

Added to that, further earnings were reaped from commercial deals with companies such as Toyota, Herbalife and Samsung, while his long-term association with Nike remained a key money-spinner.

Barcelona’s Messi, who was just €2m short of Ronaldo’s wealth in 2014, continues to generate huge amounts off the field through both commercial tie-ins and property moves, which have seen him build up an extensive portfolio.

Industry experts worked with specialists across the globe to bring together the final chart for 2015, detailing a catalogue of investments by the world’s best-paid and financially-savvy players.

Neymar charted third in the Goal Rich List, with he and his family still benefitting from a huge chunk of the forward’s transfer from Santos in 2013. Paris Saint-Germain’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic came in fourth, with Manchester United and England striker Wayne Rooney the fifth and final player to register personal wealth of over €100m.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham topped the list in 2013 before his retirement from the game.

Barcelona charged over fans ‘Ronaldo is a drunk’ Chants

The Spanish football federation is set to investigate Barcelona for a derogatory chant about Cristiano Ronaldo made by a small section of the Camp Nou crowd during their 5-0 win over Levante.

Approximately 200 home fans located in the ‘ultras’ section of Barca’s stadium sang ‘es un borracho, Cristiano es un barracho!’ midway through the second half of Sunday’s La Liga fixture, according to La Liga’s governing body LFP.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo sings on his birthday party 

The term ‘barracho’ translates to ‘drunk’ in English, and it is thought Barca’s supporters were mocking Real Madrid star Ronaldo for holding his 30th birthday party just hours after his team’s 4-0 derby defeat to city rivals Atletico Madrid on February 7.

The LFP has deemed this to be in contravention of the RFEF’s Disciplinary Code, which outlaws any chant that incites ”violence, racism, xenophobia and intolerance”.

Therefore, the league has announced its intention to pass on a written denouncement of the chant to the federation’s Anti-violence Commission on Thursday.

In a statement released on Tuesday, the LFP cited the Barca fan group ‘Almogavers’ as particular offenders for the ”repetitive, choral and coordinated form” of the chant, but also stressed that the song was not taken on by the rest of the crowd, whose ”behaviour was completely correct during the whole game”.

Cristiano Ronaldo: ‘Lionel Messi’ rivalry inspires me to improve

Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that competing with Lionel Messi for the title of the world’s best footballer is a motivating factor for him.

In addition, the Real Madrid superstar says he strives for perfection so he is able to continue developing and improving as a player.

I’m sure the competition between us is sufficient motivation and it’s the same for him too,” maintained the Portuguese in an interview with France Football.

It’s good for me, for him and for other players who are eager to improve themselves. Messi has four Ballon d’Or awards while I have three. That’s good for the world of football.

Personally, if I’m able to play 60 games a season it’s because I look after myself. I eat well and sleep well, so in these ways I seek perfection. If not, I couldn’t keep this rhythm of playing up.”

Ronaldo also says he is constantly looking at improving the technical aspect of his game.

I’m currently trying to improve my left foot, my acceleration and my direct free-kicks, which I’ve not had a great deal of success with lately.

However, I know it will come back. It’s a question of having enough humility to know that without putting the work in during training then things won’t progress,” he explained.

Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench was a technical decision

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti admitted his team had not played well and said his plan to rest a tired Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t work in the end, after they were beaten 2-0 at Atletico Madrid in their Copa del Rey last 16 first leg.

Coach Ancelotti left superstar attacker Ronaldo out of his starting XI, while Fernando Torres made his first start since re-joining Atletico on loan. Neither side impressed in attack during a goalless first half.

Atletico went ahead just after the break through a Raul Garcia penalty kick, and even with Ronaldo immediately introduced, Madrid’s hopes of making the last eight took a big blow when teenage defender Jose Maria Gimenez headed in a late corner kick.

The Blancos coach told his post-match news conference at the Estadio Vicente Calderon that his plan had been working well until the Sergio Ramos penalty for pulling down Garcia in the box, but after that concession his side were not able to react.

Cristiano was a bit tired so we thought not to play him the full game, for him to come on in the second half,” said Ancelotti. ”In the first half we needed more efficiency on the ball, and vertical passes, but the game was under control until the penalty. In the last part of the game we did not play so well.”

Ancelotti said his team had made it easier for Atletico to defend with their passing, while also praising the organisation and work-rate of Diego Simeone‘s men.

We lacked depth in general, there were a lot of sideways passes,” he said. ”But it is very difficult to play against Atletico. They defend very well, always together, always organised. We needed more verticality in our play.”

Gareth Bale, criticised by local pundits for his performance in Madrid’s 2-1 La Liga loss at Valencia last weekend, did not play badly according to Ancelotti.

Today there was no problem with Bale, just with the team,” he said. ”Karim [Benzema] did not have many chances either. There were not many chances in general. Bale had a goal ruled out for offside, but it was difficult game to get chances.”

Madrid have now lost twice on the bounce — three times including a friendly loss to Inter Milan on the holiday break — after having won each of their last 22 games in all competitions. The Italian characteristically raised an eyebrow when a reporter asked if the team was now in crisis.

”‘Crisis seems a bit exaggerated to me,” he said. ”We are not happy, and we need to win quickly again. We must do that in our next game against Espanyol [on Saturday in La Liga]. And there is another game left in this tie, anything can happen in football.”

Ancelotti went on to say he thought his side retained a chance of turning things around in next Thursday’s second leg at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

It is clear we are not out of this,” he said. ”We have a chance. Of course Atletico have an advantage, but we are at home and anything can happen. We do not have a big chance to go through, but with the players we have, we will do everything we can.”

Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player at 2014 Globe Soccer Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo added yet another gong to his ever-enlarging trophy cabinet on Monday as he won the best player of the year at the Globe Soccer awards in Dubai.

Real Madrid were the big winners at the sixth edition of the awards, with Los Blancos named club of the year, Florentino Perez best president of the year, Carlo Ancelotti best coach of the year, and James Rodriguez named revelation of the year.

I hope that it’s a good sign [for the Ballon d’Or], but I’m not worried about that. The people who vote already have. I just feel happy it’s one more trophy for my dedication and hard work. I want to say thank you to the people at Real Madrid, the players, the coach. We had a fantastic season, we won four trophies and we’re one of the best sides in the world. To win this award is a great pleasure, I am very proud.

Ronaldo is nominated alongside Manuel Neuer and Lionel Messi for the Ballon d’Or—which will be awarded in Zurich on Jan. 12, 2015—after a year which included a second Champions League victory for the 29-year-old.

He broke the record for most goals scored during a European Cup campaign, scoring 17 times in 11 matches, and he has already netted 25 times in 14 La Liga appearances this term.

Ronaldo had previously won the Globe Soccer best player of the year award in 2011 and 2013.

In Pictures: Globe Soccer Awards 2014

Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo wins best player at 2014 Globe Soccer Awards

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.