ON THIS DAY in 2009: Ronaldo scores first Real Madrid goal

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Cristiano Ronaldo kissing his all-time Real Madrid topscorer award during a ceremony at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain on October 2, 2015. [Credit: AP Photo/Paul White]

Do you remember what happened on August 29, 2009? Something very special. In fact, legendary!

Cristiano Ronaldo, then 24 at the time, commenced his favorite routine in a Real Madrid shirt: that of scoring goals. His very first goal for Los Blancos, following his mega-money transfer from Manchester United to the Santiago Bernabeu, came through the penalty spot.

It happened at home to Deportivo La Coruna in front of 80,000 spectators. Keeping his cool, CR7 was offered the chance to put Real Madrid back in the lead after Riki’s 29th minute goal had cancelled Raul’s opener. Cristiano did not miss. The game ended 3-2 with former team mate Lassana Diarra grabbing the winner.

Back then, Ronaldo wore the number 9 jersey. He was handed Raul’s number 7 jersey when the latter left the club.

That season, the Portuguese superstar went on to score a total of 26 goals in La Liga. He finished just one strike behind eventual club topscorer for that season Gonzalo Higuain, who now plies his trade at Juventus in the Italian Serie A.

Since then, Cristiano Ronaldo has netted a total of 364 goals in only 348 appearances in all competitions as a Blanco.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goals per season at Real Madrid

  • 2009-10: 33 goals in 35 games
  • 2010-11: 53 goals in 54 games
  • 2011-12: 60 goals in 55 games
  • 2012-13: 55 goals in 55 games
  • 2013-14: 51 goals in 47 games
  • 2014-15: 61 goals in 54 games
  • 2015-16: 51 goals in 48 games

The evolution of Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal scoring skills is an incredible one, indeed. As noted above, the winger matched a 1 goal per game ratio during the 2012-13 season. Since then, CR7 has always ended each of his last three seasons with more goals than games and he is Real Madrid’s all-time topscorer since almost a year, now. Legendary!

October 2, 2015: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez presents Cristiano Ronaldo with his all-time topscorer trophy.
October 2, 2015: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez presents Cristiano Ronaldo with his all-time topscorer trophy.

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