Records and Ronaldo go hand in hand. The Decade (2010-2019) has witnessed the Juventus forward at his best as he cemented his status as one of the greatest players in modern football during a highly-successful stint at Real Madrid before moving to Juventus in 2018.
Cristiano Ronaldo did not have a very bright 2019 based on his usual standards, but despite so, he was one of the best footballers around. Just like his arch-nemesis Lionel Messi, Ronaldo has also broken a host of records over the past few years
And today, we takes a quick look at the records broken by the Portuguese legend this decade (2010-2019).
1. Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top champions league top goalscorer
It comes as no surprise that Portuguese Forward has been nicknamed 'The Champions League Man' considering the sheer efficiency with which he terrorizes his opponents in the Elite European competition.
Ronaldo boasts of being the all-time top scorer in the UEFA Champions League with 129 goals in 167 combined appearances for Manchester United, Real Madrid, and Juventus.
The Bianconeri talisman is closely followed by Lionel Messi, who has so far tallied 114 goals in 140 games, and Real Madrid icon Raul, who registered 71 goals in 142 games in the competition.
2.The only player to score 50+ goals for six consecutive seasons
As one of history’s most prolific goal scorers, it’s no surprise to see Cristiano Ronaldo boasting such a phenomenal record.
The Real Madrid legend, constantly tore defenses apart during his nine-year stay in Spain, with only Lionel Messi of Barcelona capable of rivaling his goal numbers.
The 35-year-old has proven this fact by becoming the only player in history to have scored at least 50 goals in six consecutive seasons for a club. He has scored more than 50 goals in all competitions for Real Madrid between 2010 and 2016 and has since seen no competitors for the record.
The closest any player came to equalling the record wasMessi, who managed to score at least 50 goals in three consecutive seasons for Barcelona.
Seasons during which Ronaldo scored at least 50 goals:
2010/11: 54 appearances, 53 goals
2011/12: 55 appearances, 60 goals
2012/13: 55 appearances, 55 goals
2013/14: 47 appearances, 51 goals
2014/15: 54 appearances, 61 goals
2015/16: 48 appearances, 51 goals
3. The first player in history to win the Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A
Winning a league title in one country is hard enough, let alone three!
But Cristiano Ronaldo did the impossible last year by leading Juventus to Serie A glory in his debut campaign.
Therefore, he became the first player to win three league titles in England, Spain and Italy.
While Ronaldo's debut Serie A campaign has been deemed underwhelming by his standards, it could also be considered successful for a host of other reasons. Not only did he help Juventus to an eighth consecutive Scudetto, but the victory made him the first player ever to win league titles in three of Europe's top five leagues.
The Portugal international won three Premier League titles during his time with Manchester United (2006-07 to 2008-09), two La Liga titles during his nine-year spell with Real Madrid (2011-12 and 2016-17) and one Serie A crown in his debut season with Juventus (2018-19).
4. Most consecutive Ballon d'Or nominations
Ronaldo has five Ballon d'Ors in his locker
Messi may be the player with the most balloons d'Or wins, but Ronaldo has etched his name in the award's history books as the only player to have been nominated for the coveted prize 16 consecutive times.
The Juventus ace has been consecutively nominated for the award since 2004 and remains a firm favorite in the present day. No other player can boast of such a consistent reign over the award since it was launched in 1956, with the closest competitor being Messi, who has been nominated 14 consecutive times.
5. Highest goalscorer in European qualifying history
Ronaldo helped Portugal to a European Championship victory in 2016
After guiding Portugal to the European Championship back in 2016, Ronaldo kicked off his country's title defense this year by helping them secure a place in the 2020 edition of the tournament.
The 34-year-old skipper netted in all six of their final qualifiers for the Euros this year, including four goals against Lithuania, which helped him smash Robbie Keane 's record as the highest goalscorer in European qualifying history.
While the Irishman recorded a tally of 23 goals, Ronaldo went on to register 31 goals in 35 games for his national team in the qualifying stage of the competition.
The Juventus marksman will hope to increase his overall tally (99 goals) in the European Championship as he looks to fire them to a consecutive title next summer.
6. Most wins in the Champions League
Ronaldo with the Champions League trophy in Real Madrid colors
Shortly after legendary goalkeeper Iker Casillas set the record for the most wins in the UEFA Champions League, Porto failed to qualify for the competition, which means the former Real Madrid man did not feature in the elite European tournament for the first time in 20 years.
Ronaldo took due advantage of the opportunity and surpassed the shot-stopper's record of 101 victories in the competition by helping Juventus establish a 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen back in October.
His goal during the game also helped him equal Real Madrid legend Raul Gonzalez's record of scoring against 33 different opponents in the competition.
7. Player with the most UEFA trophies
Ronaldo with the UEFA Nations League trophy
After starring in the European Championship back in 2016, Ronaldo once again showed his leadership capabilities by helping his national team lift the inaugural UEFA Nations League title earlier this summer.
The victory made the former Real Madrid man the player with the most number of wins in UEFA competitions in history. He became the first-ever player to win ten UEFA trophies which include five Champions League crowns, three UEFA Super Cups, one European Championship medal, and one UEFA Nations League title.
Cristiano Ronaldo has won three UEFA Best Player awards to date, making him the player with the most number of UEFA Best Player awards. At second place in this race is Lionel Messi, who has won two UEFA Best Player awards to date.
8. Most goals scored in Champions League knockout stages
Besides his all-time top-scorer status in the UEFA Champions League, Ronaldo also boasts of being the highest goalscorer in the knockout stages of the competition with a total of 65 goals.
Proving once again that he is a man for big occasions, the Juventus talisman has scored 13 of those goals in the semi-finals and 25 of them in the quarter-finals of the competition.
The Portuguese sensation is also the first player in history to score 40, 50 and 60 goals in the knockout stages of the European tournament.
9. The first player to score in every minute of a game
If you have netted 90 times in your career as a footballer, it should mean that you are a fine goal-scorer. But what if you have scored goals in every minute of a game?
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 610 goals in 822 overall appearances for all his clubs – and has also scored in every minute of the game!
Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic shares this record with him, while Lionel Messi is close behind – he just needs to score in two separate minutes to complete his goal-scoring bingo card: the first and second minutes.
10. The fastest player to score 200, 250, 350 goals in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues
Cristiano Ronaldo is the fastest player to score 200, 250 and 350 goals for a single team in any of Europe’s top five leagues. He ended his career at Real Madrid with 450 goals from 438 appearances – that is 1.01 goals per game, which is also the highest among all footballers who have ever played in La Liga.
11. The first and only player to have won the European Golden Shoe in 2 different leagues
Cristiano Ronaldo is the first and the only player so far, to win the European Golden Shoe from two different leagues.
The 34-year-old won the award for the first time in 2008, as a Manchester United player, and six years later, he won it again – this time with Real Madrid.
12. The most UEFA Team of the Year appearances
Cristiano Ronaldo also owns the record of making the most appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year, having made it into the team thirteen times. He is also the first player to be named in the UEFA Team of the Year ten times in a row.
In second place is Lionel Messi with ten overall appearances, while Sergio Ramos is in third place with eight appearances.