2018/19 was a below par year for Cristiano Ronaldo. Just the 21 goals and 8 assists in 31 Serie A games. 28 in all competitions, the peak of many attackers, but a poor one for this man. Yes, that’s below par for this titan of the game. His debut season with Juventus continued domestic success for the side as the Portuguese ticked another country off his list for continental dominance.
But after coming 4th in the Serie A top scoring charts, behind 37 year old Quagliarella, some believed we were seeing the beginning of the decline of Ronaldo. 15 goals behind his rival Lionel Messi in the 18/19 Golden Shoe, some thought CR7 was no longer in the top 2-3 forwards in Europe. However once again, he has defied expectations and logic.
Dominating Italy with the Bianconeri
After celebrating his 35TH BIRTHDAY (hard to believe isn’t it?) earlier this week, Ronaldo made Bianconeri history. The former Madrid superstar scored against Hellas Verona to make it his 10th goal in as many games. 10 goals in 10 consecutive Serie A games, the first player in the Old Lady’s history to do so.
Despite his side’s shock defeat to the 6th place side, the goal has taken the former Manchester United winger’s tally to 20 goals in the Italian league this season. 20 goals in 20 games is simply staggering. He’s only 1 goal away from matching last season’s ‘average’ tally in 11 less games. A freak of nature, a phenomenon, a machine, a monster. The phrases to describe this man’s achievements and sheer brilliance are in abundance.
We haven’t even reached the Champions League knockout stages yet. Where the Portuguese international notoriously turns superhuman. Where many can’t handle the pressure and come undone, this man thrives. In fact, it’s almost like he needs it.
Cristiano Ronaldo – Still at the top at 40?
If he’s not getting better with age like a fine wine, Cristiano Ronaldo is nowhere near ready to hang up his boots yet. You’ve seen that article about how the Sporting youth product has the medical and physical statistics of a 20 year old. With how he takes care of himself and this relentless pursuit for records, trophies, personal accolades, legacy, you name it, I can see him playing beyond 40 years old. Perhaps the time and longevity that could give him the edge of Lionel Messi in terms of statistics? I’ll leave that one for you to decide…
“Cristiano Ronaldo turned 35 this week and is still at the top of his game. He’s scored 33 goals this season which is phenomenal. Ronaldo has said he wants to be playing at the highest level when he’s 40. I can see him doing that.”Dimitar Berbatov on Cristiano Ronaldo
Either way, don’t be surprised if we see a 40 year old Ronaldo stil at the pinnacle of European football banging in goals galore. How blessed we are to see him and Leo Messi play. The greatest to set foot on this planet and football won’t be the same when they both eventually leave the football pitch for the final time.
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