By Josh Powell | Sports writer
Cristiano Ronaldo smashed City’s dreams of coming away from the Bernabeu with a result last night after his right footed drive left Vincent Kompany and Joe Hart exchanging the kind of looks you get off the missus after a night out with the lads.
Ronaldo who has been reportedly sad in recent weeks sent the Bernabeu bananas with his last-minute winner and demonstrated why he is certainly considered one of the world’s best players.
But is he the best player in Europe? Cristiano lost out on UEFA’s European player of the year to Andres Iniesta last season and the year before that the award went to Lionel Messi. There is no doubt that this has hurt Ronaldo whose influence on the big games is incredible.
His stats last night tell a story, and are still only a very small part in Ronny’s incredible career. These are some of the key pointers from last night’s game.
- 100% pass success rate. 50 attempted, 50 completed
- 100% of aerial duals won
- Seven successful dribbles
- Three clear-cut chances created for team-mates
- 10 shots attempted on goal. The same amount as the entire Manchester City team
- Four of those shots were on target. Three tested Joe Hart and made England’s number one pull off good saves. The other shot won the game
The stats are mind-blowing from last night’s match and it is no flash in the pan as CR7’s record shows.
- He has scored 151 goals in 151 games for Real Madrid
- Ronaldo has now scored 40 Champions League goals making him the competitions 10th highest scorer of all time
- Real Madrid have not lost a Champions League game in which Ronaldo has scored, winning 14 and drawing two
- He is the fastest Real Madrid player ever to reach 100 goals
- He was the first player ever to score against every single La Liga team in a single season
It is an unbelievable array of statistics considering the quality of players and teams Ronaldo has come up against. Despite the standard of opposition Ronny still blows them out of the water. The 27-year-old won the Ballon D’or when he was at Manchester United in 2008 but is yet to pick up the trophy again despite his success.
He is 7/2 to win the 2012 Ballon D’or with his arch-enemy Lional Messi the odds on 1/2 favourite. Messi’s team-mate Andres Iniesta is another 7/2 shot with the rest of the field apparently out of contention at 33/1 or above.