Everything started on the 9th of August in 2005. A young Cristiano Ronaldo scored his first goal in European competition against Hungarian side Debrecen. Nobody could expect that this goal was the first of many.
Cristiano Ronaldo is fighting with Gareth Bale and Antoine Griezmann to win the Best European Player award given by UEFA. The Portuguese star has ended the best season of his career in terms of trophies after winning the Champions League and the Euro 2016 in Paris against France.
UEFA wanted to emphasize the quality of Cristiano Ronaldo and they’ve prepared a video with all his goals in European competition. The video is really long as Cristiano Ronaldo has been the top scorer of the Champions League in the recent years.
The numbers in Europe are amazing. Last season, the Portuguese scored 16 goals to help the team to arrive to the final in Milan. In 2014/15, when Real Madrid lost against Juventus in semifinals, Cristiano scored 10 goals. In the previous season, Real Madrid won again the trophy and Cristiano Ronaldo was very important, giving the team 17 goals. In total, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 78 goals in Champions League with Real Madrid.
We have to add to the stats the goals he scored for Manchester United. In 4 years, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 16 goals, including the first one against Debrecen in his season debut. With the Red Devils, Cristiano won one trophy, against Chelsea in Moscow, and lost another final against Barcelona in Rome.
In total, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 99 goals in the Champions League. These are numbers that only the Portuguese star could have, breaking all the records so far. He is only 31 years old and he has extended his contract with Real Madrid so at the end of his career the numbers could be unbeatable for any other player.