By News Team
Last Updated: 9th January 2020
With Cristiano Ronaldo one strike away from racking up 700 career goals – a landmark he can reach when Portugal play Ukraine on Monday night – we’ve taken a look at the numbers behind his 699 goals to date.
Goals, goals, goals
Ronaldo has bagged a stunning 699 career goals in 972 career games – 812 of those matches coming for the clubs he’s played for and 160 for Portugal. Unsurprisingly, the majority of those goals were scored during his days as a Real Madrid man – 450, to be precise, from 438 games.
Ronaldo’s spell at Manchester United saw him net 118 goals in 292 games, while he has scored 94 times when representing his country in 160 internationals, 32 times for his current club Juventus and five while at first club Sporting Lisbon. In total, the man dubbed CR7 has netted 605 goals for his clubs and 94 for his country.
When it comes to his favourite team to play against, Ronaldo has had most joy against Sevilla, scoring 27 goals against the La Liga side. Following closely behind are Atletico Madrid, whom he has scored 25 against, while he’s notched 23 against Getafe.
In a Portugal shirt, Armenia, Andorra, Latvia and Sweden have all had a tough time dealing with Ronaldo, who has scored five each against of those international sides.
The 34-year-old clearly prefers his right foot to his left, with 63% of his 699 goals coming from the boot of his favoured foot, 441 in all, with his left foot his next most effective weapon, responsible for 129 goals.
Renowned for being fantastic in the air, Ronaldo has headed home 127 goals in his time, with the remaining two having come off other parts of his body before crossing the line.
Right place, right time
While Ronaldo has the ability to score from all sorts of angles and situations on the pitch, he’s actually most at home inside the box, with 594 of his goals (85%) coming from inside the penalty area, compared to 105 goals from outside the box.
Of his 699 goals, 112 have been converted from the penalty spot and 55 from direct free-kicks, while he has netted 54 hat-tricks during a glamorous career that shows no signs of slowing up.
As for where the forward has scored those goals, 376 have come in home matches, 278 in away games and 45 at neutral venues.
Ronaldo’s 699 careers goals put him in esteemed company, with only five players having managed more goals in official matches in the history of the game, while he is also 27 clear of his old rival Lionel Messi, who’s on 672.
Germany great Gerd Muller sits fifth in the total goalscoring charts with 735 goals and Ronaldo’s fellow Real Madrid icon Ferenc Puskas ended up with 746.
Brazilian duo Pele and Romario sit third and second with 767 and 772 goals respectively, while top of the pile is the lesser-known Josef Bican, who represented not one but three nations in Austria, Czechoslovakia and the Bohemia and Moravia team from 1933 to 1949. Bican is the only man to have managed more than 800 official goals with 805 in total.
Just 107 more and counting then for Ronaldo…