As the legends in future will say:
Cometh the UEFA Champions League knockout stages, cometh Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Juventus star’s hat-trick to send his team past Atletico Madrid and into the quarter-finals was just the latest in an incredible set of performances.
Ronaldo cost Juve $117 million in the
The numbers behind Ronaldo’s phenomenal record in Europe’s top club competition, and in the knockout stages that he has made his own for more than a decade.
124 – Ronaldo has netted a record 124 goals in the Champions League, 18 more than great rival Lionel Messi. Ronaldo’s total has come in 160 games, and is even more incredible considering it took him 30 games in the tournament to register his first strike.
8 – Ronaldo’s treble against Atletico was his eighth hat-trick in the Champions League, moving him
63 – Ronaldo has scored 63 goals in the Champions League knockout stages, way ahead of Messi in second place on 40 strikes. When the going gets tough, Cristiano gets going.
25 – Ronaldo was Atletico’s tormentor-in-chief during his time at Real Madrid, and continued in the same vein last night. He has 25 goals in 33 games against Atleti, including four hat-tricks. His total of 124 Champions League goals is higher than Atleti’s entire total in the history of the competition (118).
22 – Ronaldo’s headed double on Tuesday night took his tally to 22 headers scored in the Champions League, more than any other player.
11 – Ronaldo has reached at least the Champions League semi-finals in 11 of the past 12 seasons. He has already gone further than former club Real Madrid this time round after they crashed out against Ajax last week.
5 – Ronaldo has won five Champions League titles, four with Real Madrid (2014, 2016, 2017, 2018) and one with Manchester United (2008). He is joint second on the all-time European Cup/Champions League winners list, behind only Paco Gento, the legendary Real Madrid winger who won six titles in the ‘50s and ‘60s.