Ronaldo’s 11 stunning Champions League records which could end the Messi debate

first_img 11 11 4. Most goals in a single Champions League season – Ronaldo also holds the record for the most Champions League goals in a single season with 17 in the 2013/14 season. 11 5. Most goals in last four Champions League seasons – In the last four Champions League seasons Ronaldo has scored 52 goals – that’s 20 more than Lionel Messi, who has scored the second most. 10. Second most Champions League hat-tricks – On the theme of hat-tricks, only Lionel Messi (five) has more than hat-tricks in the competition than Ronaldo, who has four to his name. No one has scored more braces than Ronaldo’s 23, however. 11 11 9. Third-fastest ever Champions League hat-trick – Ronaldo scored the third-fastest Champions League hat-trick against Malmo this season, taking a mere 11 minutes. Only Blackburn’s Mike Newell (nine minutes) and Lyon’s Bafetimbi Gomes (seven minutes) were quicker. 2. Most goals in a Champions League group stage – He has scored 11 goals in the Champions League group stages this season to break his own record of nine (which he jointly held with Luiz Adriano). 11 11 11 11 11 7. Champions League semi-final top goalscorer – To silence the suggestion that Ronaldo is just a bully who punishes the smaller teams, the 31-year-old has TEN semi-final goals – more than anyone else. 8. Most goals in consecutive Champions League games – Ronaldo is the only player to score in eight consecutive Champions League games, achieved in 2013/14. 11. Second most Champions League assists – Many think the Portuguese is just a selfish goalscorer, but only Ryan Giggs (30) has contributed more assists in the competition than Ronaldo, who has 26. 6. Champions League knockout stage top scorer – No player has scored more goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League than Ronaldo, who has 41 (and counting). 3. All-time Champions League top goalscorer – Ronaldo is the top scorer in Champions League history with 90 goals – seven more than Lionel Messi and 19 more than Real Madrid legend Raul. 44 of Ronaldo’s goals came away from home (another competition record). 1. Ronaldo is the Champions League top scorer this season – see 10 more Ronaldo stats, just click the arrow above, right – So far this season Ronaldo already has a remarkable 13 goals in eight appearances. That puts him five ahead of second-placed Robert Lewandowski. 11 Cristiano Ronaldo has sent records tumbling his whole career and most notably becoming Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer earlier in the season.The Portuguese is a goalscoring machine, emphasised by his record of being the only player in history to score 60+ goals in four consecutive seasons from 2010/11 to 2013/14.However, many still see the former Manchester United forward as inferior to not just rival Lionel Messi, but also the likes of Neymar and Andres Iniesta.Messi-inspired Barcelona’s dominance in La Liga means the two are always vying for supremacy, but his Champions League superiority is unrivaled.Click the arrow above, right, to marvel at Ronaldo’s stunning European records!Stats correct up to 5 April 2016last_img read more