At Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has been poaching goals for fun. Take a look at the Portuguese Goal Machine’s numbers, since 2009.
Zinedine Zidane made the correct decision when he omitted his precious number 7 asset from Real Madrid’s midweek Copa del Rey trip away to Cultural Leonesa. At this point in time, Cristiano Ronaldo is in dire need of a mental and physical break to recover his goal scoring abilities. The father and active business man is going through much frustration in front of goal as the following four facts reveal. As of 27 October 2016:
- Cristiano Ronaldo has produced a combined total of 43 shots on goal in the two competitions he has featured in, so far: La Liga and the Champions League.
- In La Liga only, the 31-year-old forward’s conversion rate is the lowest ever as it falls below 7 per cent. That is 6.90 per cent, to be exact.
- Ahead of Matchday 10, Ronaldo counts as many as 29 shots on goal but only two successful strikes. In other words, this reveals that Ronaldo’s attempt per goal average on the domestic front is of 14.50. Frustrating.
- Curiously, the UCL Golden Boot titleholder has proven to be more efficient in the UEFA Champions League. In that competition, he counts as many goals as in La Liga. However, with less efforts (two goals in 14 shots only).
Six more facts: Ronaldo’s goal conversion rate in La Liga (2009-2016)
- The 2011-12 season saw Cristiano Ronaldo make the most shots on goal ever with 206 attempts, more than in 2010-11 and 2015-16 when he created 190 attempts on each occasion.
- In 2014-15, Cristiano Ronaldo recorded his highest conversion rate in La Liga with 26.37 per cent of his 182 shots finding the back of the net.
- Ronaldo’s most timid season in front of goal in La Liga was his debut one. Not only did he execute the least amount of attempts (170) but he also had the lowest conversion rate, amounting to only 15.29 per cent.
- On a couple of occasions, the Portuguese goal machine came close to matching Lionel Messi’s 2011/12 record-breaking 50 goals in La Liga. That was in 2012 (46 goals) and in 2015 (48).
- Since finishing his debut season with 26 league goals, CR7 has never fallen behind the 30-goal mark in the race for the Pichichi.
- During the 2014-15 campaign, Cristiano basically netted a goal after every 3-4 shots on target. Bullseye!
*Stats via Opta.
Cristiano Ronaldo fans are more or less spoilt kids. The ex-Sporting Lisbon and Manchester United winger has transformed into a goal poacher, over the past decade. Supporters are now accustomed to such ridiculously high numbers. As the 2016 Ballon d’Or nomination draws closer and the current season gradually reaches its climax, let’s hope that CR7 will rediscover his consistency and lethal power in front of goal.