Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench celebrating his 700th club goal as Manchester United won 2-1 against Everton. The 37-year-old recorded his modern milestone 20 years and days after his first-ever club goal for Sporting Lisbon in the Portuguese Primeira Liga in 2002. Ronaldo was United’s high scorer last season. However, he has struggled for a game time below new boss Erik 10 Hag. He has created only 1 Premier League start this season and played 207 minutes before the sport against Everton. There was speculation of a transfer far away from United in the summer, but that did not materialize. Ronaldo may still leave the club in January. Despite his limited involvement this season, ten Hag was fast to proclaim Ronaldo for his achievement and hinted at him having an even more significant role to play in his plans.
“It’s a really surprising moment,” Ten Hag said. “When Ronaldo scored 700 goals, it was a huge performance. I’m really happy for him, I congratulate Cristiano Ronaldo for that performance and I’m also happy that it’s his first goal in the Premier League this season – he’s had to wait a long time for it and I’m sure there will be more goals to come.”
Here is a breakdown of the 700 goals
Real Madrid – 450 Goal
Manchester United – 144 Goal
Juventus – 101 Goal
Sporting Lisbon – 5 Goal
After his nine-year stint at Old Trafford in 2009, the five-time Ballon D’Or winner joined Real Madrid for £80m and scored 450 goals for the La Liga giants. He joined Juventus in 2018 and scored 101 goals for the Turin side. It took Ronaldo 20 years to reach his Career’s zenith, scoring more than 50 goals in six consecutive seasons for Real between 2010/11 and 2015/16, including 61 goals in 2014/15. Ronaldo has scored 390 goals on home soil for his respective clubs, compared to 289 on the road and 21 on neutral territory. It is incredible to think that the 37-year-old has scored just two goals from outside the box. Forty-eight of those goals came from direct free kicks, while another 129 goals came from 12 yards. In total, Ronaldo has scored 460 of his haul with his favoured right boot, but he has also scored 125 times with left-footed finishes and headed another 113 times.
He has scored in almost equal measures across 15-minute periods during his Career, scoring more during the closing stages of games due to stoppage time in the second half. You can scroll through the interactive table below to see every club goal Ronaldo has scored throughout his 20-year Career, and you can even filter results by the opponent or by hat tricks.
Ronaldo fans worldwide were delighted by his goal and hope he will be able to return to his winning ways. The Portuguese had only scored once this season before last night. “It’s hard to keep track of Ronaldo’s goals because every week seems like a new record,” Ronaldo’s teammate Bruno Fernandes said. His hard work has paid off, and I am very happy for him. In today’s game, he scored the goal and his team won, which matters most to him.” It was awe-inspiring to see the forward’s achievements credited to Everton manager Frank Lampard and Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag. During an era when Messi and himself graced the game, Lampard said, “this is outstanding, one of the greatest players we have seen.” Despite the comparison, both are incredible players who have accumulated abnormal records that have become normal. When he reached 699, I wanted to see him score in the Europa League.” Ten Hag, who has used chiefly Ronaldo from the bench this season, added: “That is impressive. When you score 700 goals, it’s an enormous performance.