Ronaldo scores 700th club goal of career


Cristiano Ronaldo reached another landmark in his illustrious career by scoring his 700th club goal to give Manchester United the lead at Everton.

The goal took the Portugal forward’s tally to 144 for United in his two spells at the club.

He scored 450 for Real Madrid, 101 for Juventus and five for Sporting Lisbon.

Sunday’s goal at Goodison Park was only the second of the season for Ronaldo, whose 699th goal came in the Europa League against FC Sheriff in September.

Ronaldo started the Everton game on the bench but came on for the injured Anthony Martial in the 29th minute and scored 15 minutes later to put United 2-1 up.

Last year, Ronaldo made history by going top of the scoring charts in men’s international football.

A brace for Portugal against the Republic of Ireland moved him onto 111 goals for his national team, overtaking Ali Daei, who scored 109 times for Iran between 1993 and 2006.

At club level, he is also the all-time top scorer in the Champions League with 140 goals – 13 more than long-time rival Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo’s latest strike also extended his advantage over Messi in total club goals scored, with the Argentina forward on 691 for Paris St-Germain and Barcelona.

Ronaldo’s goal against the Toffees was a rare left-foot finish.

Most of the goals in his career have come off his right boot, with that type of strike accounting for 66% of his goals.
In contrast, 17% of his goals have been headers.

Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of his goals have also come from inside the box, with 473 of his finishes being inside the area. (BBC Sport)

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