With his many achievements on and off the field, Cristiano Ronaldo may as well be the Portuguese prince charming of football. He has inspired a line of Nike football cleats and has had a movie filmed about his life, and now, adds another accolade under his belt. The Real Madrid’s left winger scored a total of 11 goals during a Champions League group stage match, which is more than anyone ever has, and in fact, breaks his previous 2013 record of 9—one matched but unbroken by Luis Adriano in 2014.
And yet, as amazing as this feat is, it is but one to the many milestones he has already achieved throughout his stellar career. As 2015 draws to a close, let’s take a look at the top 10 remarkable records Ronaldo has broken and currently holds to his name.
- While playing for Manchester United, Ronaldo scored 33 goals in one season, breaking the previous record of 32 scored by George Best.
- He also became Machester United’s first FIFA Ballon d’Or recipient since Best in 1968. “There have been a few players described as ‘the new George Best’ over the years,” says Former Manchester United player Best. “But this is the first time it’s been a compliment to me.”
- In 2012, Ronaldo became the first player to score against every team in a single La Liga season.
- In the same year, he became the fastest player in Real Madrid to break the record of reaching 100 league goals in the shortest time possible.
- He then followed up his La Liga record with a new one; in 2014, he became the fastest player to score 200 goals.
- To date, he is the only player in history to score 50 or more goals in a single season on five consecutive occasions.
- In 2008, 2011, 2014, and 2015, Ronaldo was awarded the European Golden Shoe—the only player ever to have won the award four times.
- In September of this year, Ronaldo became the recordholder of the most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League with 82.
- The following month, he became the all-time leading goalscorer of Real Madrid FC, scoring 324 goals in 310 games—breaking Raúl Blanco’s record of 323 in 710 games.
And to round out the list is the last, but definitely not the least: Ronaldo has once again been shortlisted to receive this year’s FIFA Ballon d’Or award, alongside other great players Lionel Messi and Neymar. Should Ronaldo win this year, he would be tied with Messi for most number of Ballon d’Or awards, making him one step closer towards breaking another record. Will he win it? We’ll all just have to wait and find out.