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Once again Ronaldo saved the day against Everton.
He hit 2 more goals to add to his impressive goalscoring record.
Thats 11 in the Prem, 16 for the season and it's only December:eek:
23 last season and 66 goals for United in all. Even for Portugal his record is remarkable. 20 goals in 53 games(and still only 22).
In 2007 he has played 61 games for club and country scoring 31 goals.

He has won all the player of the year accolades in England, come runner up to Kaka in the European Player of the year and 3rd in the World player of the year.

This guy is immense and at 22 is the most exciting player in world football. He can manipulate a football like nobody else and get people off the edge of their seats.

Id like to know how far you all think he can go in his career and what he can achieve?
He's had some good times and some bad times in his footballing life but can he go on to emulate the Best's, Charlton's and Law's of this world?
Will he stay at United for a few years or for his whole career?

It's an exciting time to be a United fan and getting to watch players such as Ronaldo playing for OUR team is just a wonderful feeling. Even though he can sometimes be infuriating to watch he can more than make up for it with some breathtaking moments

Here are some great Ronaldo videos and why we all love Ronnie:)

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/629168/cristiano_ronaldo_2006_2007/

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/168116/c_ronaldo_moves/
 

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17 goals this season now. he seems to be improving on his free kicks as well.
this boy cant do any wrong.

 

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That hattrick propelled Ronaldo to Uniteds 26th top scorer of ALL time, which is remarkable for a 22 year old.
He went passed Brian Kidd, Steve Coppell and Sammy McIlroy with a total of 72 goals. He is just 10 goals away from Cantona and 13 away from Beckham.
Only 19 players in Uniteds history have scored more than 100.
ronnie keeps racing up the charts and who knows when this will stop. :)
 

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He didnt play his best today but he ran the length of the pitch to score a goal in the last minute. The lad could barely celebrate he was so knackered.

That goal means he has equalled his tally of 23 from last season and its still only January. What an accomplishment that is. Hope he keeps it up.
 

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Ronnie will be breaking records this year.

He won a load of individual awards last season but this season could see him winning European and World footballer of the Year.

His main rivals kaka and Messi have been short of top form or periodically injured in messi's case.

Ronaldo currently has 25 in all competitions this season and its only January.

Top scorers for United in a season:

-46-Denis Law - (63/64)
-44-Ruud van Nist - (02/03)
-34-Tommy taylor - (56/57)
-32-Dennis Viollet - (59-60)
-32-George Best - (67/68)
-31-Brian McClair - (87/88)
-30-Jack Rowley - (48/49 & 51/52)
-29-Bobby Charlton - (58/59)
-29-Dwight yorke - (98/99)
-25-Eric Cantona - (93/94)
-23-Cristiano Ronaldo - (06/07)
-?-Cristiano Ronaldo - (07/08)

Im pretty certain Ronaldo will hit over 35 goals and have him above Bestie for a winger and 3rd highest in a season ever.
 

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Career: 75 goals in 217 apps.

Goals scored:
2003/04 - 6
2004/05 - 9
2005/06 - 12
2006/07 - 23
2007/08 - 25*

* Up to 29 Jan 2008


Top scorers for United in a season:


-46-Denis Law - (63/64)
-44-Ruud van Nist - (02/03)
-34-Tommy taylor - (56/57)
-32-Dennis Viollet - (59-60)
-32-George Best - (67/68)
-31-Brian McClair - (87/88)
-30-Jack Rowley - (48/49 & 51/52)
-29-Bobby Charlton - (58/59)
-29-Dwight yorke - (98/99)
-25-Eric Cantona - (93/94)
-23-Cristiano Ronaldo - (06/07)
-?-Cristiano Ronaldo - (07/08)


07/08 season Top Scorers so far:
Ronaldo Man Utd 17
Adebayor Arsenal 16
Benjani Portsmouth 12
Keane Tottenham 11
Santa Cruz Blackburn 11
Torres Liverpool 11
Anelka Chelsea 10
Tevez Man Utd 10
 

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Its just a few bits and bobs and updates on the man of the moment. Not quite sure where Im going with this but bear with me please.

Career: 77 goals in 219 apps. *up to 6th Feb 2008

Goals scored:
2003/04 - 6
2004/05 - 9
2005/06 - 12
2006/07 - 23
2007/08 - 27*

* Up to 6th Feb 2008


Top scorers for United in a season:

-46-Denis Law - (63/64)
-44-Ruud van Nist - (02/03)
-34-Tommy taylor - (56/57)
-32-Dennis Viollet - (59-60)
-32-George Best - (67/68)
-31-Brian McClair - (87/88)
-30-Jack Rowley - (48/49 & 51/52)
-29-Bobby Charlton - (58/59)
-29-Dwight yorke - (98/99)
-27-Cristiano Ronaldo - (07/08) *up to 6th Feb 2008
-25-Eric Cantona - (93/94)
-23-Cristiano Ronaldo - (06/07)

Top scorers this season up to 6th Feb
Ronaldo Man Utd 19
Adebayor Arsenal 18
Benjani Portsmouth 12
Torres Liverpool 12
Anelka Chelsea 11
Keane Tottenham 11
Santa Cruz Blackburn 11
Tevez Man Utd 11

As you can see he has scored more goals in a season than Cantona and is quickly closing in on the likes of Yorke, Charlton and Georgie Best.
Platini has recently scoffed at suggestions that Ronaldo is the best player in the world.
To some extent I agree with him, though on CURRENT form there is no one better in the world.
Kaka won World player of the year because of his all round performances, especially in the big games, when it counted the most.

I have no doubt in my mind that Ronaldo will one day be THE best in the world and hopefully become an Old Trafford Legend.
There has been talk of comparisons to Georgie Best recently so Ill add a few of the stats I found.
Their head to heads are remarkably similar to some degree, except when it comes to the big games.

Professional debuts-both 17
First goal-both 17
International debut-best 17yrs 11 months, Ronnie-18 yrs 6 months.
First int goal-Best 18 and Ronnie 19.
English player of the year both 22.
European player of the year. Best-22yrs, Ronnie-still trying.

This for me is the main difference between a legend(Best) and hopefully a legend in the making(Ronaldo):
Ronaldo's record vs the top 4:
vs Chelsea-played 9 goals 0
vs Liverpool-played 7 goals 0
vs Arsenal-played 10 goals 3
Total played 26 goals 3

George Best excelled on the big stage.
When United won in Europe in 1968 Best scored in the semi against the mighty Madrid and AGAIN in the final against Benfica.
Best had already defined his iconic status with 2 goals and a virtuoso performance in the away leg of the quarter final against Benfica in 65/66. This game essentially gave him the nickname of the fifth beatle.

Best was the greatest and did it when it counted in all the big games.
I feel Ronaldo can reach his level and in the last 18 months HAS shown incredible form but until he does it against the best teams and best defenders he cant be considered the greatest on earth.
 

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Well he scored his 30th goal of the season and we have just hit March.
That is the most remarkable of scoring record. How does he do it?
At least he got the goal tonight because otherwise he was VERY poor.

Ronaldo has now scored more goals in a season than Bobby Charlton
and Yorkie , who both had 29 in a season.
Now equal with Jack Rowley and just 2 behind the record for a winger:
Georgie Best's magical 32 goals.
 

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Games Played: 229
Goals Scored: 85


Goals scored:

2003/04 - 6
2004/05 - 9
2005/06 - 12
2006/07 - 23
2007/08 - 35*

* Up to 29th March 2008

Top scorer this season:

Ronaldo Man Utd 25
Torres Liverpool 20
Adebayor Arsenal 19
Keane Tottenham 14
Berbatov Tottenham 13



Top scorers for United in a season:

-46-Denis Law - (63/64)
-44-Ruud van Nist - (02/03)
-39-Denis Law - (64/65)
-36-Ruud van Nist- (01/02)
-35-Cristiano Ronaldo - (07/08) *up to 29th March 2008
-34-Tommy Taylor - (56/57)
-33-Liam Whelan -
-33-David Herd - (65/66)
-32-Dennis Viollet - (59-60)
-32-George Best - (67/68)
-31-Brian McClair - (87/88)
-30-Jack Rowley - (48/49 & 51/52)
-29-Bobby Charlton - (58/59)
-29-Dwight yorke - (98/99)
-25-Eric Cantona - (93/94)



Ronaldo has finally passed George Best's record for a midfielder.
He has also just passed the famous Tommy Taylor, from the
Busby Babe era. Once he has passed that, he can look at Ruud's record ;)

Ronaldo is now the 23rd most prolific scorer in Manchester United's history.
He has just overtaken Cantona who had 82 goals and is closing in on
Beckham who has 85 to his name.

edit:he has just equalled Beckhams total of 85
 

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I think rd4l said it all in the first article you posted.
Interesting to know that Ronaldo wear smaller boots than
his size 9 feet. No wonder he changes his boots often
during a game. I used to hate when Ronnie stepped up for a
free kick. He used to smash them in the wall or the stands.
But now he has become as effective as Beckham.

Ronaldo's free kicks this season:
vs Sunderland
vs Portsmouth
vs Newcastle
vs Bolton
vs Sporting

last season he got the one vs European XI
and one against Portsmouth.
In his 1st season he got one against Pompey.
I make that 8 goals he has scored from fk's.
Anyone remember any more?
 

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Agreed he just keeps going from strength to strength.
His goal today was an audacious flick, stunning to watch.
That was his 35th goal of the season, which is astonishing.
3 assists today were the icing on the cake. he ran the show,
and even the assists were pure quality.

He has now scored the same amount of goals (85) as Beckham did.
 

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Discussion Starter · #29 ·
Ronaldo goal rate vs Shearer's


For those who didn't watch MOTD yesterday, they were talking to Shearer about
goals per game ratios in the league. They compared his with Ronaldo's,
and it just emphasizes the scale of Ronnie's achievement.

In the 42 game season of 94/95, Shearer got 34 goals, at a rate of .809 per game.
In the 38 game season of 95/96, he got 31, at a rate of .815 per game.

After 32 games, Ronaldo has 26 goals, a rate of .812 per game.

That's pretty incredible, when you consider Shearer is the all-time leading goalscorer
in the Premiership. For Ronaldo to be that close to his goals per game ratio
(obviously just based on this season) is amazing.
 

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Its more his petulance, 'diving' and theatrics(arms in air, pulling a 'who me?' face)
that gets to me. I dont really have a problem with his stepovers and tricks etc.
I think it adds to the excitement of the game. I think it will land Ronnie is some
trouble or other but when and what that is remains to be seen.
Its clear that he is as much loved as he is hated by the neutral and he does
have certain aspects to his game that he could improve upon for him to be the
undisputed, most respected and feared footballers ever.
Its obvious that most United fans prefer characters like Rooney for eg, rather
than Ronnie. but if he keeps scoring 30+ a season who gives a rats?
 

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Ronaldo is officially untouchable. 36 goals this season.
Its just getting ridiculous at this stage.
And after his lovely flick against Villa he follows it up with
this soaring, bullet of a header in a 'Big game'.
This kis just gets better and better.



Look how high he is off the ground. im speechless....
 

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Ronaldo's goals in the season 2007/2008 until April 2, 2008:

- 36 goals in 40 matches (26 in the EPL, 7 in the CL and 3 in the FA Cup)
- 1 hat trick (against Newcastle)
- in 9 matches he scored twice (against Wigan, Kiev, Blackburn, Fulham, Everton, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Newcastle and Bolton)
Not too shabby for a winger. :p
 

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stretty said:
I have mentioned it before on other forums, why would he want to leave , both bacelona and real are not playing well and seem to be in a transition period .
Ronaldo is hero worshipped here and seems happy , it would be a downward step for his career at this stage , but with a ridiculous figure like that you never know , money talks
Thats what Id like to believe as well and do mostly.
He can gain legend status if he stays with us for at least the next 4/5 years.
If we are winning big trophies then why would he go? The Prem is the best
league and are starting to dominate Europe again.
Ronaldo can get all sorts of records by staying here, he has friends here
and when he wins World Footballer of the year this year, how and why could
he leave?
 

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Ronaldo Interview


United wing wizard explains why he'd gladly swap personal awards for team glory...

Are you pleased with your form this season?
I try to improve and this season has been even better than the last. People say I need to perform better in big games; I respect that opinion, but I don't feel I need to prove anything to anyone. I'm pleased with my progress, but I believe this United squad is the best I've been involved in. It's more consistent and more mature.

In recent seasons you bet Sir Alex you'd score 15 goals; now you have 36...
That's true! I'm happy with the improvement. I'm a better player now than I was a year ago and definitely better than when I first came here. I hope that continues. Why have I scored more goals this season? It's hard to say, I've just had more chances.

Do you have a favourite goal from this season?
I enjoyed my header against Roma away. That was very satisfying. But I like the free kicks against Portsmouth, Bolton and Sunderland. It's hard to pick one.

Were you proud to beat George Best's 32 goals in a season from midfield?
I don't really want to break anybody's record – I feel bad! I've seen tapes of George Best playing and he was absolutely fantastic. It's a wonderful record to hold.

You're tipped to win numerous Player of the Year awards again this year…It's nice to be recognised, but if I had the choice of winning, say, the Champions League or the Golden Boot, I'd pick the Champions League every time.
 

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Updated Ronaldo Stats:

Ronaldo's goals in the season 2007/2008 until April 17th 2008:

- 38 goals in 42 matches (28 in the EPL, 7 in the CL and 3 in the FA Cup)
- 1 hat trick (against Newcastle)
- He scored twice 9 times
(against Wigan, Kiev, Blackburn, Fulham, Everton, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Newcastle and Bolton)
- Ronaldo has now scored in the last 7 games he has played in:
(Arsenal, Boro, Roma, Villa, Liverpool, Bolton, Derby)


United Career: 88 goals in 232 apps.

Goals scored:
2003/04 - 6
2004/05 - 9
2005/06 - 12
2006/07 - 23
2007/08 - 38*
* Up to 17th April


Top scorers for United in a season:

-46-Denis Law - (63/64)
-44-Ruud van Nist - (02/03)
-39-Denis Law - (64/65)
-38-Cristiano Ronaldo (07/08) * until 15th March
-36-Ruud van Nist- (01/02)
-34-Tommy taylor - (56/57)
-33-Liam Whelan - (56/57)
-33-David Herd - (65/66)
-32-Dennis Viollet - (59-60)
-32-George Best - (67/68)
-31-Brian McClair - (87/88)
-30-Jack Rowley - (48/49 & 51/52)
-29-Bobby Charlton - (58/59)
-29-Dwight yorke - (98/99)
-25-Eric Cantona - (93/94)
-23-Cristiano Ronaldo - (06/07)


Top Scorers Premiership 07/08Ronaldo-28
Torres-22
Adebayor-20
 
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