Cristiano Ronaldo is on pace to absolutely smash Raul’s Real Madrid’s scoring record. Ronaldo’s brace against Barcelona last weekend were his 160th and 161st competitive goals in a Real Madrid shirt.
It took Raúl took 16 seasons to reach 323 goals for Real Madrid, the club’s all-time record. It has taken Ronaldo a little more than three years to score almost half that total.
Ronaldo’s scoring rate since coming over from Manchester United has been nothing sort of phenomenal. In his three full campaigns with the club so far, he has scored an astonishing 48.6 goals a season.
Were Ronaldo to keep up this pace for the full six years his current contract runs for, this would take him to 292, i.e. a mere 31 goals from Raúl’s total. That is about half a season of goals for a striker who scored 54 goals in 2010-11 and 60 in 2011-12.
Ronaldo is presently the ninth top scorer in Madrid history, and of the eight players still ahead of Ronaldo in Madrid’s all-time scoring stakes (Butragueño and Pirri, who are tied on 171, will be next to be overtaken), only Ferenc Puskas (0.92 goals a game) stacks up against the Portuguese forward’s deadly strike rate.
Except for a certain number 10 at Barcelona, has anyone had a better three plus years of consistently scoring goals like Ronaldo has?