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After the 700 goals, CR7 starts the hunt to Pélé & co.
- Updated: 21st October 2019
Cristiano Ronaldo reached the sensational number of 700 goals scored in official matches on his career, the loss by 2-1 in Ukraine playing for the Portuguese national team. Cristiano is now the 6th top goal scorer of all time, but he is probably aiming even higher…
Golden boot of the Italian Serie A is an objective
With several historical records in mind, Cristiano Ronaldo will surely have the will to win the golden boot of the Italian Serie A this season already, after not having managed to win it on his debut season.
The Portuguese player finished only in 4th place of those standings last season with 21 goals scored, behind Piatek, Duván Zapata and Fabio Quagliarella – the winner with 26 goals scored.
But this is an objective that clearly won’t be easy to achieve, since the competition is fierce and the Portuguese attacker might be rested on several occasions, with the Champions League in mind.
Right now, Ronaldo only has 3 goals scored on the competition and he already sees some names ahead of him, such as Ciro Immobile (with 7) or Zapata (6) gaining some ground at the top of the list of top goal scorers in Italy.
Because of that, it will be important for the Portuguese star to return to his goalscoring ways this weekend already, when Juventus hosts Bologna in Turin.
Gerd Muller, Puskas and Pélé on the horizon
By reaching the 700 career goals, Cristiano Ronaldo got even closer to legends like Gerd Muller (735), Ferenc Puskas (746) or Pélé (767) on the list of top goal scorers of the history of football.
And analysing the current moment of form of the Portuguese attacker, we have no reasons to believe that he won’t be capable of surpassing all these mythical players.
Even considering a slowdown in the number of goals scored per season, it seems easy to conceive the idea of having CR7
scoring 35 goals in each of the 2 following seasons, which would mean he would surpass these 3 former players and reach the podium of this category.
Romário with 772 goals is other relatively accessible objective, although the same can’t be said about the top goal scorer of all time Josez Bican, that scored 805 goals throughout his career.
I continue to believe that both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi might surpass all of these names in the next 2/3 years.
However, they will always be dependant of their physical condition and the luck of not picking up serious injuries.
Collective titles are still on the mind of CR7
On this article I’ve only been talking about the individual accomplishments of Cristiano Ronaldo and his objectives on that department for the future, but the Portuguese player has other collective objectives in mind.
After a season where he made his debut with Juventus, not going further than the quarterfinals in the Champions League, it is natural that Maurizio Sarri’s side is aiming for higher flights on the European competition this year, with the help of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Right now, they are making a very secure group stage, having drawn in Madrid against Atlético and beaten Bayer Leverkusen at home by 3-0, which means they shouldn’t have any problems to advance onto the next stage.
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The Italian side appears only in 6th place of the list of European title contenders with odds of 10.00 on the main bookmakers, and that can even be beneficial for the Italians, because they won’t have that much pressure on their shoulders.
But with CR7 on the scene, Juve has to have an unmeasured ambition that meets the reputation of their superstar.
Ronaldo has already won the Champions League 5 times playing for two clubs – Manchester United (1) and Real Madrid (4) – and conquering this trophy with a 3rd club would be another ineradicable achievement on the career of the Portuguese player, because only Clarence Seedorf managed to do it in the history of the sport.
The Dutch player won the competition playing for Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan.
National team isn’t forgotten
The loss in Ukraine complicated the qualification math for Portugal, but everything suggests that the Portuguese side will have enough to beat Luxembourg and Lithuania on the remaining matches in order to achieve direct qualification for the EURO 2020.
There, Portugal will try to defend the title conquered in 2016 and will count with their biggest superstar to unlock any problems that might appear on their path.
Ronaldo has already said that he still thinks about playing in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, but as people usually say, one thing at a time.