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Does Cristiano Ronaldo's European scoring record stand up to scrutiny?

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Cristiano Ronaldo can't seem to get any credit for his achievements unless it happens to come from anyone connected with Real Madrid.

The Portuguese continues to defy the odds as to what is possible on a football pitch yet is forever compared to his nemesis Lionel Messi even if he has surpassed certain aspects of the Argentinian's game.

Take his goalscoring record in Europe for example.

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As of this moment, no one in football history has scored as many European goals as Ronaldo.

He sits proudly atop the scoring charts with 88, whilst nearest challenger Messi is a cavernous eight goals behind.

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Prowess

Yet, rather than acknowledge the prowess that it has taken Ronaldo to get there, a suggestion that 'he only does it against the small clubs' has reared its ugly head again.

Most recently against Malmo it could be argued that yes, six goals in two games against one of the minnows of the competition was easy pickings for the forward.

But that's hardly his fault. He can only play who is in front of him.

Two goals against Juventus in last season's semi final. A goal against Atletico Madrid in the final the year before. Goals against Bayern Munich in the semi final second leg and one against Borussia Dortmund in the quarter final.

If we go even further back Manchester United, Ajax, Manchester City, Lyon, Arsenal, Chelsea, Inter and AC Milan have all been unable to stop the player from adding to his tally.

Talent

That roll call of talent is hardly the worst crop of teams in the world yet Cristiano can't seem to receive the kudos that such a statistic deserves.

No one questions Messi despite the fact that some of his victims have been Viktoria Plzen, FC Copenhagen and Panathinaikos.

With respect to those three teams, they are not the same quality as the top teams in the competition.

It's a great shame that one of the best players to have ever played the game still needs to justify himself to some sections of the media and public time and again at the highest level.

Jealousy

Ronaldo is unable to "do it" against the bigger sides is a myth perpetuated by jealousy and a myth that many buy into without bothering to acknowledge the facts.

The player continues to set the very highest standards both domestically and on the continent and it's about time he was given the respect he deserves.

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