It’s no secret that Cristiano Ronaldo is an exceptional footballer and a magnificent goalscorer. As well as being one of the two greatest players of his generation, he will also go down in history as one of the finest players in the history of the game.
The Real Madrid superstar scored five this week as Espanyol were beaten 6-0, including a 20-minute hat-trick, and broke the La Liga scoring record in the process.
However, how does the former Manchester United frontman compare to some of the greatest goalscorers in the game’s history?
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In this article, we compare Ronaldo’s scoring rate in La Liga—that is, 1.13 goals per game—to the ratios enjoyed by some of the finest forwards of football past and present.