Ronaldo Makes His Best Start To A Calendar Year

Ronaldo Makes His Best Start To A Calendar Year

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 24: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF celebrates scoring their second goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Deportivo Alaves at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 24, 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

A lot has been said about Cristiano Ronaldo’s form so far this season, but since the turn of the year he has really stepped up his game. The last couple of months have been fantastic on an individual level for the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo has actually made the best start to a calendar year since he signed for Real Madrid from Manchester United back in 2009. In the first two months of 2018, the player scored 12 times. It is no secret that he started the season very slowly, and it actually took him until early December to score his third goal of the season.

The winter break seems to have really helped though, as he has hit an excellent run of form in the last few weeks. Ronaldo has actually scored at least two goals in four separate matches recently, which is an incredible record. This included a hat-trick against Real Sociedad.

10 In La Liga, 2 In Europe

The only side that stopped Ronaldo scoring recently were Levante, and he grabbed 10 goals in recent La Liga fixtures. As well as the domestic goals, CR7 also scored two extremely crucial goals in the first leg of the Champions League contest against Paris Saint Germain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Since the start of January 2018, Ronaldo has scored an average of 1.33 goals per game. Though he did score more in January and February 2013, he had played 4 more times so his goals-per-games ratio was not as good.

The turn of the year also means that Ballon d’Or voting has to be considered again. Lionel Messi is the favourite for this year, but if Ronaldo continues to score he could win his sixth ever Ballon d’Or. Speaking about the potential of winning another Ballon d’Or, Ronaldo had this to say:

“I never dreamed of winning the Ballon d’Or five times,

“If I had to finish my career now, I would be super happy… if I won another Ballon d’Or, two or three more times I’d be delighted with life.”