Just how ‘good’ is Cristiano Ronaldo? Earlier we shared news on the ‘Cristiano Ronaldo: Tested to the Limit‘ documentary which subjects CR to a series of innovate tests to measure his performances. But that’s still lab testing, off the pitch, not a true measure of a footballer’s abilities.
To measure how good Ronaldo is as a footballer, we turn to Castrol Edge to provide us with some eye-opening and jaw-dropping stats.
More than 2,500 players took part in the top five European leagues last season (Premier League, Bundesliga, Serie A, Liga and Ligue 1) and Cristiano Ronaldo was the only one who registered more goals than appearances.
Cristiano Ronaldo attempted in total 250 shots last season in the Spanish Liga, including 102 shots on target, 88 off target and 60 blocked by opposition defenders.
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Shots per game – Top five European Leagues 2010/11
Average per game
Di Natale, Antonio
van der Vaart, Rafael
On average, Cristiano Ronaldo attempted a shot every 12 minutes, a higher frequency than any other player in the top five European leagues.
Minutes per shot – Top five European Leagues 2010/11
|Minutes per attempt|
|van Persie, Robin||1768||97||18|
|Di Natale, Antonio||2939||152||19|
*at least 1000 mins
RONALDO’S 40 LIGA GOALS – 2010/11
Last season saw Cristiano Ronaldo break the all-time record of goals in a single Liga campaign, previously held by Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sánchez. Castrol EDGE Performance Data break down his 40 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged six goals from outside the box last term, more than any other Liga player, four of these coming from direct free kicks and two from open play. The 2010/11 Pichichi scored 70% of his goals with his favoured right foot. The last 15 minutes of games were his most prolific period with 11 goals scored after the 75th minute.
Ronaldo took eight penalties, converting all of them, the longest 100% success run from the penalty spot last season in the top five European leagues. The Portuguese international scored four goals from direct free kicks, also a European record in 2010-11.
Direct free kick
RONALDO’S GENERAL STATS – LA LIGA 2010/11
Minutes On Pitch
Mins per goal
Shots On Target
Shots Off Target
Touches per game
Passes final third
Pass Completion %
Pass Completion in final third %
Duels won %
Cross Completion %
Dribbles & Runs
Dribble Completion %
Tackles Won %
Not only did Ronaldo score 40 goals, but he also assisted another 11. He was one of only eight Liga players who reached double figures in terms of assists.
TOP FIVE EUROPEAN LEAGUE RANKINGS – SINCE 2006/07
Over the last five seasons, no player has scored as many goals as Cristiano Ronaldo in the top five European leagues (132),at an average of over 26 per season! In fact, only two other players have netted at least 100 goals since 2006/07: Lionel Messi and David Villa.
Not surprisingly, he’s also had the most shots during that period: 1001, that’s 200 per campaign. The next best is Wayne Rooney, with 36% fewer shots than his ex-teammate.
TOP-FIVE EUROPEAN LEAGUES RANKINGS – SINCE 2009/10
Since joining Real Madrid in 2009, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than any other player in the top five European leagues. The 26 year-old also fired 461 shots, which is more than 100 more than any other player.
Di Natale, Antonio
Di Natale, Antonio
RONALDO – STATS BY COMPETITION
Castrol Performance data shows that Cristiano Ronaldo is in the form of his life at Real Madrid, as the table below suggests.
|Cristiano Ronaldo*||La Liga||Premier League||EURO 2008||WC 2010|
*averages per game
RONALDO – DIRECT FREE KICKS
Castrol Performance data shows that Cristiano Ronaldo registered 18 direct free kicks on target last season in all competitions for Real Madrid, finding the net on five occasions. Only 20 of his 78 attempts were off target, and 40 were blocked by the opposition wall.
Copa del Rey
Direct Free-kick Goals
Direct Free-kick On Target
Direct Free-kick Off Target
Blocked Direct Free-kick
Total Direct Free-kick
Cristiano Ronaldo took 53 free-kicks last season in La Liga; no other player attempted more than 18.