Cristiano Ronaldo reaches superb stat relating to Man Utd's No. 7s

Man Utd's Ronaldo scores.

Cristiano Ronaldo bagged his 60th career hat-trick against Norwich on Saturday, taking his tally for the season up to 21 goals.

It’s hardly a bad return for a player whose second spell at Man Utd has been branded a failure by many. Even former teammates have weighed in on the lack of impact they feel the Portuguese icon has had since he came back to the Premier League.

Kleberson, who played for United at the same time as Ronaldo, told the Daily Star in February of this year.: “To be honest, the Ronaldo experiment has been a bit of a failure so far – especially because of the level of player he is and how of late he has impacted the team.”

“When you look at the things he can bring to the club and what he brings to the fans, it’s not been amazing.”

It might not have been amazing by his standards, but let’s not forget the guy is 37-years-old. If any other player nearing the ripe old age of 40 had rocketed in 21 goals across the Premier League and Champions League so far this season we would be waxing lyrical about them.

Ronaldo has been such a relentless goalscorer for so long now that we expect more of him, he is simply a victim of his own success.

And to demonstrate that, just look at the stats behind Ronaldo’s performances this season compared to previous players that bore the iconic number seven jersey…

CR7 is the first Man Utd No.7 to score 20 goals in a season since CR7 from reddevils

As you can see, Ronaldo is the first United number seven to bag more than 20 goals in a season since Ronaldo last did the business back in 2008/2009.

Which, when you consider the calibre of player on that list and Ronaldo’s age, is some showing from the Portuguese star.

At the end of the day, he has been operating at the head of a totally non-functional team, with a complete lack of direction or leadership – yet has still notched a solid return of 15 Premier League goals.

Should Ronaldo start the remaining six league games this season, there is actually a good chance he could become the first Man Utd player to breach the 20-goal mark in the league since Robin van Persie in 2012/2013.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 16: Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United reacts before taking their sides free kick during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Norwich City at Old Trafford on April 16, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Ian Wright was one high profile figure that offered his thoughts on the matter over the weekend, telling Premier League productions:

“If he [Ronaldo] wasn’t at Manchester United they would be nowhere near where they are now. That’s what you pay for and he’s delivered. He’s amazing, amazing.”

Well put, Wrighty.

Maybe he isn’t the perfect fit for the team’s style but without the great man’s goals, who knows where the Red Devils would find themselves this season.

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