Real Madrid play Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League as Cristiano aims to hit another milestone in his blistering career.
The Portuguese superstar is expected to make his 400th appearance in the elite competition when Los Blancos face Die Borussen at the Westfalenstadion on Tuesday. This is set to be a crunch tie between both teams widely tipped to qualify from Group H. The eight-time Bundesliga winners will be looking to recover from a shock 3-1 defeat against Tottenham on matchday 1.
CR7 currently holds the record for most goals in the competition with 107 goals since making his debut for Sporting CP in 2002. He scored his first ever Champions League goals in a 7-1 thrashing of AS Roma in 2006-07 during his time with the Red Devils. Out of the many goals, the UEFA Best Player has recorded 47 goals away from home, making him the first player ever to make this feat. The Madrid attacker will be relishing the prospect of reaching 50 away goals with a hat-trick against Dortmund.
Ultimately, the Madeira-born forward is set to make more history in a game against a familiar opponent at a known ground. He has scored a combined four goals against the DFB Pokal holders with three goals at the Signal Iduna Park since 2012. After failing to score in La Liga games against Real Betis and struggling Deportivo Alaves, the Real Madrid all-time top scorer will approach this game with sheer determination and hunger to make the headlines after 90 minutes.
It is worth noting that, Ronaldo has a good record against German clubs and especially away from home. He has great exploits against Bayern Munich and Schalke 04 as he is always a force to be reckoned with in the 18-yard box.
A REMINDER OF RONALDO’S THRASHING OF GERMAN TEAMS
• Ronaldo has scored four goals against Dortmund since 2012 with three goals on German soil and just one goal at the Santiago Bernabeu. His goals against the German outfit have all come in open play. A cheeky lob over Weidenfeller from 23-yards showed his quick thinking when fazed with a one-on-one situation. Goalkeeper Roman Burki also witnessed the forward’s 18-yard box dominance as he capitalised on a failed back heel pass from Bale with an untimed shot to give the Liga holders an early lead in 2016.
• Cristiano has scored a combined seven goals against Schalke 04 in the competition with three goals coming at the Veltins Arena.
• Bayern Munich is no new club to the forward and he will forever be remembered for his five-goal heroics in the quarterfinals of the 2016/17 Champions League season. A hat-trick at the Bernabeu and a brace at the Allianz Arena got former Coach Carlo Ancelotti fuming over poor referee decisions. With nine goals against the Bundesliga champions, the Iberian winger has scored four goals away from home. Manuel Neuer has conceded the most goals against Ronaldo with nine strikes in six games.
Los Merengues are are unarguably the most successful club in the European competition and so is their star man. With 53 goals in the group stage of the UCL, the 32-year-old is gearing to overtake Barcelona star Lionel Messi who is on 59 goals. During the Champions League tie with APOEL Nicosia on matchday 1, the UEFA Best Player netted a penalty to continue his impressive spot-kick conversion rate and grabbing the record for the most UCL penalties scored.
Also, with sensational freekick goals against the likes of Olympique Marseille, Wolfsburg, and Sporting Lisbon, the number 7 man has scored the most goals from dead ball situations with 12 powerful strikes. Currently, the Ballon d’Or winner also holds the record for most goals scored from headers and this proves his aerial brilliance. His versatility on the pitch is incomparable and that makes him the most fearful forward any defender could ever wish for. One of his most incredible headers came in a match against his former club Manchester United, as Cristiano suspended in the air to powerfully convert a teasing cross from the left flank.
With his current record against Die Schwarzgelben, the Portuguese forward is poised to make a quick return to scoring ways and also continue his fine form against German teams. Interestingly, the Portuguese top scorer has never failed to bury the ball at the back of the net against Peter Bosz’s men at their own ground, even with the intimidation from the Yellow Wall section of the stadium as the tie on Tuesday will prove another test for the high-flying winger.
With these stats to show, can anyone argue that Ronaldo is not fit to score two or more goals against a German club? His eye for goals against these clubs can’t be undermined. We know some section of anti-CR7 analysts will criticize the former Sporting man for his poor form so far but the stats are there to show and just as he exhibited last season, he will surely silence all critics.