Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 41 goals in Champions League quarter-finals onwards


Maybe it’s the Champions League music that does it - but whatever the reason, Europe’s premier club competition brings out the very best in Cristiano Ronaldo.

The 34-year-old already has five European Cup winners’ medals in his extensive silverware collection - winning the tournament once with Manchester United and four times with Real Madrid - and is now hoping to lift the famous trophy in his debut season with Juventus.

Ronaldo always seems to score in the Champions League and it was the same old story on Wednesday night at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time with a superb diving header.

Joao Cancelo dinked the ball into the box and the unmarked Ronaldo did the rest, thumping the ball past Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana.

You can watch Ronaldo’s goal here…

That was his 125th goal in the Champions League and it came exactly 12 years to the day after his maiden goal in the competition with Man Utd.

Spanish statistician Mister Chip then revealed an extraordinary fact which shows just how incredible Ronaldo has been in the Champions League knockout rounds during his illustrious career.

This was his 41st goal in the Champions League from the quarter-finals onwards.

The next player on the list is Barcelona’s Lionel Messi with 16.

That is remarkable. When it comes to the Champions League, Ronaldo is peerless.

Messi lost more ground on Ronaldo on Wednesday night by failing to score at Old Trafford against United.


But he remains second on the list when it comes to goals in the Champions League quarter-finals onwards, ahead of retired trio Filippo Inzaghi, Raul and Andriy Shevchenko, who all netted 13.

Chelsea legends Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard netted 11 each during their careers, while Robert Lewandowski and Wayne Rooney have netted 10 apiece.

Ronaldo will be desperate to add to his tally this season, starting next week against Ajax in Turin.

You certainly wouldn’t bet against him doing exactly that, would you?

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