Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo loves a penalty. Such much so, in fact, that he has earned himself the rather unflattering nickname ‘Penaldo’.
It’s not particularly fair on the three-time Ballon d’Or winner who scores all types of goals, but a significant portion of his 334 goals for Real Madrid have been netted from the penalty spot.
Following Madrid’s emphatic 8-0 win over Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday night - a match in which Ronaldo bagged himself three goals from open play, plus another from a direct free-kick - the Portuguese superstar was asked how he felt about his uncomplimentary nickname.
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"Penaldo? I've scored more than 150 goals for Madrid,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper Sport. “They can look at the statistics and my goals on Youtube."
The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter how Ronaldo scores his goals. A goal from the penalty spot is worth just as much as a 35-yard screamer.
Ronaldo sets new UCL record
Ronaldo set a new record for number of goals scored in the Champions League group stages (11) on Tuesday night, but that won’t remotely bother Real Madrid fans if their team finishes the season without a major trophy for the second successive season.
Ronaldo should have won more trophies with Madrid
For all the goals he has scored since arriving at the Bernabeu in 2009, it could be argued that Ronaldo has underperformed in terms of team trophies won over the past six years.
One league title and one Champions League title - plus two Copa del Reys, the Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup - during that time is below-par for a club of Real Madrid’s stature.
If winning the Spanish league title meant Ronaldo only scoring 25 goals instead of 60, every single Real Madrid fan would take it.
But would Ronaldo?
Is Cristiano Ronaldo too obsessed with scoring goals? Is the ‘Penaldo’ nickname fair? Let us know by leaving a comment below!