If Liverpool needed any reminder of just how much they need to worry about Cristiano Ronaldo, he served it up sublimely at the weekend.
Real Madrid cruised to a crushing 5-1 defeat of Levante in a game wherein Ronaldo bagged himself two goals, taking his seasonal tally to 19 goals in 12 matches across all competitions. To put that into proper perspective, the entire Liverpool squad have managed to score just 17.
Yet it’s his overall record which not only offers credence to the claim that he is the one of the greatest footballers of all time, but also lends an immeasurably strong argument to the strength of his consistency. In a stunning info-graphic pieced together by the Daily Telegraph the extent of his powers is illustrated for all to see.
Ronaldo’s phenomenal record
For starters the Portuguese forward’s career goal-tally currently stands at 394 in 581 games, at an average of 0.68 goals per game. When it’s considered that the early days of his career saw him regularly take to the field as a winger that stat is made all the more impressive, and his form since growing into a central forward at Madrid has been nothing short of incredible.
A breakdown of his goals highlights that 269 of his goals have come courtesy of his right foot, with just 69 on his left and 55 from his head. On top of that there’s the figure which details that 291 have come during open play, with 37 strikes finding their way into the net from free-kicks and a mere 66 coming from the penalty spot.
His form at Madrid
What will be of chief concern to Rodgers however is that Ronaldo is sitting in the form of his life, with the 30-year-old having amassed more goals than he’s played games since moving to the Santiago Bernabeu in 2009.
271 goals in 258 appearances for Los Blancos proves that there hasn’t been a period during his Los Blancos tenure where he’s been off the boil, and Liverpool’s troubled defence will have to be at their absolute best to keep him out.