Cristiano Ronaldo was close to hitting his worst goal scoring form for 12 years. In the league, he has scored 3 times against Newcastle United and West Ham.
Despite his perfect debut, he had not scored in his last 4 matches in the league. He had found the net thrice in 3 champions league matches with 2 of them being late winning goals.
In his first spell at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to score in 5 consecutive matches. This happened twice ,once in November 2008 and January 2009.
Following his goal against Tottenham in their 3-0 victory against the London Club. Cristiano Ronaldo proved why he is still one of the most Clinical Players in the world. Although one must also remember that the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo has seen the likes of Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes stats lower. While as a team there are still some teething problems within the squad even after 10 games in the League.
Is the Lionel Messi- Cristiano Ronaldo era coming to an end?
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been at the top since their arrival. With both of them getting older, the youngsters of this generation are catching up with them.
Erling Haaland won the UCL golden boot after scoring 8 goals in 10 matches.
Overall Robert Lewandowski won the European golden boot after scoring most goals in 2020/21.
Messi and Ronaldo were the major competitors for these trophies. Both of them are still the best in the world but they are not as good as they used to be.
It is factual to say that they are still contenders for all individual trophies. Messi and Ronaldo should not be considered “finished” because of a poor start to their season.
Will the Messi – Ronaldo era ever be repeated?
The media started the Messi- Ronaldo debate and is still carried on by the majority of football fans.
From 2008 to 2021, there has only been Luka Modric who has won the ballon d’Or besides Messi and Ronaldo.
From 2010 to 2019, only Luis Suarez has won the European golden boot. In all those remaining years , Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have won it.
They have a total of 9 UCL titles between them, whilst this is not an individual achievement but it is still notable.
No footballer will ever come close to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. They are truly the undisputed GOAT of football.
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