No Pichichi trophy for Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the 2017/18 Spanish Primera Division campaign. However, fans can be proud of him!
It was one of those long league seasons for Real Madrid fans. The then-titleholders saw luck desert them and frustration settle in during the early stages of the campaign. Cristiano Ronaldo’s record-breaking amount of shots just weren’t finding the back of the net.
Los Blancos encountered disappointment after disappointment on the domestic front but the journey looked more positive in the UEFA Champions League. Coach Zinedine Zidane then opted to prioritize Cristiano’s inclusion in Europe and to rest him in La Liga whenever appropriate.
Adding to the fact that the Portuguese forward missed the start of the league season through suspension (for picking up a controversial red card in the 2017 Supercopa de Espana), Ronaldo remained at a disadvantage with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in terms of appearances. In total, while Messi missed just two matches out of the 38, Ronaldo featured in only 27.
In other words, CR7 played nine games less than Leo but collected only eight goals less than the eventual Pichichi winner. Conclusion: with 26 goals in 27 league matches, Cristiano Ronaldo (0.96) finished La Liga’s topscorers race with a better goals-per-game ratio than Lionel Messi (0.94).
And with that, Messi clinched the European Golden Boot, becoming the first player in history to win it in five different seasons.
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This was made possible by what transpired on Matchday 38 as Barcelona’s number 10, who came on for goalscorer Coutinho in the 67th minute of the hosts’ 1-0 victory over Real Sociedad, did not add to his 34-goal tally. CR7, meanwhile, made the most of his 62 minutes at El Madrigal by netting a 32nd-minute goal.
His header against Villarreal was his 450th in just 437 matches for Real Madrid, bringing his goalscoring ratio for the club at 1.03 goals per match. Other records which this powerful goal set include:
- Hitting 18 goals in his last 10 league fixtures
- Maintaining his 1-goal-per-game ratio at Villarreal (8 in 8)
- Finishing clearly above third-placed Luis Suarez in the Pichichi race
- Becoming the first player in the 2017/18 season to reach 50 goals across all competitions for club and country
The ultimate match on Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2017/18 club football season agenda is Real Madrid vs Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League final in Kiev, this coming Saturday, May 26. Fans of the evergreen Portuguese forward have a reason to feel confident ahead of the clash which La Pulga can only watch on TV.