To some, Ronaldo is a controversial figure but the objective data and statistics indicate that the Portugal national team captain is a record breaker who will go down as one of the most influential figures in football history.
The following are some of the main records Ronaldo has broken in his illustrious career.
Most international goals by a male player
In 2021, Ronaldo scored his 110th international goal for Portugal against the Republic of Ireland in a 2-1 win. By doing this, he broke the former men’s all-time international goalscoring record held by Iranian Ali Daei.
Most Champions League appearances and goals (183 appearances, 140 goals)
Ronaldo played crucial roles in guiding Manchester United to the Champions League in 2008 and then Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
United have not won Europe’s premier club competition since 2008 while Madrid have only gone on to win it once since Ronaldo’s departure in 2018. There is a clear indication that Ronaldo was an important factor in the Champions League successes at his former clubs.
Most international appearances in international world football
Ronaldo is nearing 200 international appearances and is set to become the first international men’s player to reach 200 national team caps.
With club football becoming significantly more lucrative than international football, there is a chance that future footballers will opt to end their international careers earlier in order to focus on making as much money as possible in club football.
This means that this is a record which Ronaldo could hold for a long time.
Only player to score at five consecutive World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2022)
Ronaldo looks set to end his prolific career without having won world football’s most coveted prize. However, he still has a record in the competition as he has scored in all five showpieces he has participated in.