Eight stats that illustrate Cristiano Ronaldo's mind-boggling Champions League goals record

Sean Gibson
Cristiano Ronaldo continues to forge ahead, breaking and making records - AFP

Cristiano Ronaldo has already reached a century of Champions League goals this season, and the 32-year-old is showing no signs of slowing the pace.

His first match in the competition since hitting his ton witnessed a finishing tour de force from the Portuguese, as Real Madrid took charge of their semi-final tie with their old nemesis Atleti.

Ronaldo has now reached the 400-goal mark for Real – though one of these is disputed – and his goal-scoring feats are now getting so gargantuan that it's easy to lose any sense of scale; few can compare with his records.

Here, then, are eight mega-statistics aimed at giving some perspective to the forward's achievements in Europe's premier club competition.

Ronaldo is the first player ever to score back-to-back hat-tricks in the Champions League knockouts

Having swept aside Bayern Munich with a treble in the second leg of their quarter-final with Real Madrid, CR7 has given his side a huge advantage with another in the first leg of their semi-final with rivals Atleti.

Ronaldo didn't score in his first 26 Champions League games

Cristiano tried to give everyone a fair chance, by foregoing goal-scoring for the first 26 games of his Champions League career.

As if his overall strike rate of 0.75 goals per game wasn't enough, it ticks up sharply to an eye-watering 0.92 if you only count from the time of his first strike.

Cristiano Ronaldo didn't score in the Champions League until a brace in the 2007 quarter-finals Credit: ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty

Ronaldo has scored more goals in the Champions League than Atlético Madrid

Atlético Madrid, city rivals of Ronaldo's Real and the opponents he so easily brushed aside in the first leg of the 2017 semi-finals, have managed a comparatively paltry 100 goals to Ronaldo's 103.

Ronaldo has as many knockout-stage goals as Raúl, Shevchenko and Inzaghi combined

The man for the big occasion, Ronaldo's 52 knockout-stage goals put him miles clear of the third-, fourth- and fifth-best-ever tallies of Raúl (18), Andriy Shevchenko (18), and Filippo Inzaghi (16).

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Ronaldo has scored more goals in Champions League knockout matches than Thierry Henry did in the entire competition

Some more context to Ronaldo's amazing 52-goal tally in the later rounds of the tournament.

And bear in mind that Henry is the sixth-most prolific goal-scorer in the history of the Champions League.

Ronaldo has scored 23 Champions League goals from set plays

Ronaldo has more strikes from penalties and free-kicks than either Romário, Nicolas Anelka or Fernando Torres (all 20) have managed in total, by any and all means, in the competition.

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Ronaldo has scored seven Champions League hat-tricks – a joint record

Tied on a record seven Champions League hat-tricks with Lionel Messi, Cristiano's mind-bending tally of 47 career hat-tricks – and his recent showing against Atleti – suggests he is still happy to fight for the record outright.

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Ronaldo has 31 Champions League assists

That's more than any of the other top 10 goal-scorers in the Champions League era. Imagine if he had been more selfish, how many more goals could he have?

You might think that a vacuous question to pose – couldn't we say that about everyone? Well, not about Filippo Inzaghi, certainly, with his record of 46 goals and zero assists.

Filippo Inzaghi - presumably celebrating a goal, not an assist Credit: DANIEL DAL ZENNARO/EPA

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