To millions of people in the world, he is the best player that has ever graced the planet. To another, he is the greatest sportsman the world has seen. Well, that doesn’t mean he has everything he would love to have. An example is the La Liga scorer standings. Ronaldo is on 16 goals, 7 behind Barcelona magician Lionel Messi who is on 23.
The five time Ballon d’Or winner missed the first five games of the Spanish season which contributed to being this far behind Messi. In the opening match of the season against Barca, everyone could tell the Portuguese was on fire. However, missing the subsequent five games was a bitter pill on his fitness level.
In the first half of the current season, Ronaldo managed only four goals, with many pundits and fans asking if the former United player still has the ability to carry on playing at the top level. Despite doing so well in the UCL scoring in every match (becoming the first player to do so), many still think it is about time Ronaldo gave up paying at the top level. While he will surely hang his boots someday, the someday isn’t looking like anytime soon. Ronaldo replied critics by scoring 12 goals in the latter part of the 2017/18 season, scoring more goals than any other player in all European leagues. He even missed three games compared to Messi who played all games.
In the past two seasons, Ronaldo has seemed to peak when the season is coming to an end. In fact, Real Madrid have seemed to peak at the most important time of the season. While it is not definite that the Portuguese forward will overtake his Argentine rival, he will do just that if he continues at the pace of scoring in every match he plays. Last weekend, he gifted Benzema a penalty that could have seen him score his 300th goal in the Spanish league. Ronaldo is on top form right now, and even critics can’t deny it.
If things go well for the Portuguese, he will surely lead the scoring charts come May.