Cristiano Ronaldo has been one of the best soccer players in the world for many years, but his current form is simply incredible.
Ronaldo has 221 goals in 214 appearances for Real Madrid, an almost impossible goal-scoring rate. Averaging over a goal a game in a four-year span is a feat not matched by many that have ever played the beautiful game.
Ronaldo has tallied 33, 53, 60 and 55 goals in his first four seasons; only Lionel Messi has shared such tremendous success over that span. Just when we think there is no room to improve for the Portuguese superstar, Ronaldo may be having the best start to a season of his illustrious career.
Ronaldo is currently tied with Diego Costa of Athletico Madrid for the goals lead in La Liga with 13 and also leads the Champions League in goals, a feat he achieved last season with 12. Ronaldo already has 20 goals in 15 appearances this season as he looks to run away with the European Golden Boot.
Understanding the personality and competitive nature of Ronaldo, it leads me to believe the acquisition of Welsh International Gareth Bale for a world record fee has only motivated the former most expensive player in the world. Ronaldo and Messi have been scoring goals at a staggering rate over the last few seasons. As fans, we are spoiled and don’t realize that we may never see two players of such quality in the same era scoring goals at the rate which they have.
Messi is the four-time reigning Ballon D’Or winner and looks favored to win it again. Nonetheless, Ronaldo looks like he is on a mission this season to recapture the crown which he held as a Manchester United player under manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Ronaldo may be up for his best season yet in his age-28 professional prime, and Real Madrid’s talisman is showing no signs of slowing down. Ronaldo seems driven to win trophies and break a few records this season. Defenders should have many sleepless nights thinking about how to contain the Portuguese star.