Ronaldo and goals go hand in hand. Here we examine his net-busters in more detail…
In Ronny’s first five seasons at United, 68 per cent of his goals came after Christmas. He had 10 before Santa arrived this season, suggesting he’ll finish the 2008/09 campaign with 32 goals if he continues at the same rate. Fingers crossed!
Ronny’s United goals, month by month:
Total = 108 goals
Can he play you every week? Ronaldo’s favourite opponents…
Wigan Athletic (7 goals in 7 apps)
Fulham (7 goals in 12 apps)
Aston Villa (7 goals in 13 apps)
Newcastle United (6 goals in 10 apps)
Bolton Wanderers (6 goals in 10 apps)
Cristiano Ronaldo, rightly crowned the finest footballer on the planet, still has his best form to come this season. This is not only the view of former Reds forward Lou Macari, but also a terrifying prospect for opposition defenders.
The pressure is always on at Old Trafford, and doubly so for the man who picked up the FIFA World Player of the Year award and France Football magazine's prestigious Ballon D'Or in December. This means that for a player who's scored 42 goals en route to helping United secure a Premier League and Champions League double, the queue of doubters predicting it won’t – simply can’t – be done again will be as long as your line of admirers.
A repeat of last season’s astonishing goals tally may not be on the cards, but Ronaldo’s input to the current campaign should be judged in isolation, not in the context of previous years. And Macari is a firm believer that the Portuguese winger, who fired a stunning winner against Blackburn Rovers on Saturday, will have a very big say in shaping what the Reds achieve this season.
“Without a doubt his