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The UEFA Champions League belongs to Ronaldo

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31st March, 2020
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The UEFA Champions League is the Holy Grail of club football and few have stamped their name on the competition like Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Portuguese superstar holds almost every goal-scoring record in the competition and is the proud owner of five trophies – as many as Barcelona have in the club’s history.

Ronaldo guided Manchester United to 2008 glory, as well as Real Madrid in 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – three titles in a row after no team had ever won back-to-back titles since the competition’s inception in 1955.

Ronaldo’s Champions League records

    Most goals: 128
    Most goals in knockout phase: 65
    Most goals in knockout phase for one season: ten – 2016-17
    First player to reach 100 goals
    First person to score in all six group matches (nine goals): 2017-18
    Most goals in the group stage for one season (11 goals in six matches): 2015-16
    Most consecutive games with a goal scored (11 games): 2017 final and first ten matches of 2017-18 (17 goals in 11 matches)
    Most consecutive away goals scored: 17 goals in 12 matches
    Most home goals: 67
    Most away goals: 57
    Most games with at least two goals scored: 35 matches
    Most direct free-kicks scored: 12
    Most penalties scored: 15 out of 18
    Most goals scored in a finals game: four goals in six matches
    Most match wins: 106
    Most final wins: five
    Juventus's Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Paulo Dybala. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)

    Ronaldo has scored some memorable goals, including the competition’s greatest ever bicycle kick, in the semi-final of 2017-18 season.

    Of all his incredible European nights, none quite compare to his Round of 16 clash against Atletico Madrid last year.

    With their backs against the wall and facing a 2-0 deficit, Juventus turned things around in the second segment of the first knockout stage.

    This was Ronaldo’s first season with the Italian giants and he was eager to carry his Champions League form over and win a title with his third team in three top-flight leagues.

    Although it was not to be, Ronaldo scored three goals to lead his team to a 3-2 aggregate win – a performance that showed both his mentality and ability, serving as a reminder just whose game the Champions League truly is.