Cristiano Ronaldo eyes record that would place him above Messi

Comparisons between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi will continue forever and a day, yet for the moment the Portuguese forward is eyeing a record that would actually place him above his Argentine rival.

Both players have won five Champions League golden boots each, an award which is handed to the top scorer of the competition from that year.

Following his haul of eight goals in his last three matches in the competition, Ronaldo is now seriously in the running for this season’s award as he sits on 10 goals with only Messi ahead of him by one.

However with Barcelona now eliminated from the tournament and with Los Blancos likely having to play two more matches this term there is every chance the 32-year-old will surpass him.

There is significant intrigue surrounding the former Manchester United forward this season as Zinedine Zidane has looked to manage his fitness.

Steps were taken to improve his long-term sustainability at the highest level and we are seeing the positive results with Ronaldo in full flow as the season nears its climax.

He didn’t start the Champions League particularly well with only two goals coming from September right through until April when he rediscovered his goalscoring touch on the continent against Bayern Munich.

Nobody in the history of the Champions League has ever won more than five top scorer awards yet he is in line to do just that.

His return to the position of centre-forward has seen him find his best form of the season and should he surpass Messi then there would be no comparison between the two, at least in terms of goalscoring at Champions League level.

 

marca.com