Did you know Cristiano Ronaldo has been the top scorer in the UEFA Champions League in every season he won the trophy?
The Portuguese superstar has won the European trophy on four separate occasions; once with Manchester United in 2008 and thrice with Real Madrid in 2014, 2016 and 2017 respectively. In his tenure as a Red Devil, he scored his eighth goal; his highest-ever tally for the English club in the competition, against Chelsea in the final in Moscow. Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Steven Gerrard, all finished behind him with six goals apiece.
Despite hitting the ground running after making his switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, it took Cristiano Ronaldo four more seasons to get his hands on the trophy with his new club. It was worth the wait as it proved to be a very special one. The highlight for the four-time Ballon d’Or winner in that campaign is, of course, his record 17-goal haul; a fate not bettered by any player till date.
Nevertheless, he himself came close to annihilating that landmark in 2016’s La Undecima triumph. The 32-year-old scored 16 times, just a single goal short of his tally in 2014. His feat in La Duodecima winning season, perhaps, eclipses his previous yields considering the fashion in which he pulled it off.
Trailing his closest rival Lionel Messi by eight goals after eight games, the Real Madrid superstar turned up in the quarter-final, semi-final, and the final to end the season with 12 goals. He eventually pipped his Barcelona nemesis, who finished with 11 goals after his side’s elimination at the quarter-finals stage.
Enjoy all the goals Cristiano Ronaldo scored in the 2016/2017 UEFA Champions League season: