Cristiano Ronaldo turns 32 in February and isn’t as dynamic as he once was, but he’s still scoring goals at a ridiculously impressive rate.
The Portuguese superstar, who should secure the fourth Ballon d’Or award of his career next month, has netted 12 goals in 15 appearances this season - including a hat-trick against Atletico in the last Madrid derby at the Vicente Calderon.
In his most recent match, against Sporting Gijon on Saturday, Ronaldo scored twice and subsequently became the first player in La Liga history to score 30 or more La Liga goals in seven successive calendar years.
But it’s now emerged that Ronaldo is not far away from breaking another, arguably even more impressive, record.
He scored 84 Premier League goals in 196 appearances for Manchester United and currently has 270 La Liga goals in 246 matches for Los Blancos.
Ronaldo has 354 goals in Europe's top five leagues
That means he’s now scored an absurdly good 354 goals in Europe’s top five leagues.
That’s 33 more goals than Lionel Messi’s tally, although the Barcelona icon is two years younger than his Real Madrid counterpart.
If Ronaldo scores 12 more goals, he will have surpassed the great Gerd Muller (on 365 goals) and go level with the former Chelsea and Tottenham striker Jimmy Greaves.
Most goals in Europe's top five leagues
Most goals in Europe’s top five league - per 101 Great Goals…
366 ― Jimmy Greaves
365 ― Gerd Müller
354 ― Cristiano Ronaldo
321 ― Lionel Messi
317 ― Steve Bloomer
Ronaldo should break the record in February
Ronaldo, provided he steers clear of injury, should surpass Greaves’ record sometime within the coming months.
Real Madrid only have two La Liga fixtures left to play in 2016 - due to the FIFA Club World Cup - but it would come as no surprise to anyone if Ronaldo scored 12 league goals between now and the end of February.
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