The 18 goals in 29 games scored by Cristiano Ronaldo on the 34th round of the Premier League, at a time when there are still four rounds to go before the end of the competition, make the Portuguese the best scorer in the red devils in the last eight years.
With only three goals scored from a penalty on this return to Old Trafford, the Portuguese national team captain has already equaled fellow countryman Bruno Fernandes, who, in the last edition of the Premiership, ended the season in 37 games (he missed only one matchday), with 18 goals. (half of which from the eleven meter mark).
In other words, CR7, with still four games to go, has a strong chance of overcoming the creative midfielder’s mark, just by scoring one more goal. However, if, for example, he scores two more, and enters the two-tenth mark, he will achieve a feat obtained nine seasons ago: the Dutch Robin van Persie was the last top scorer of the North East England club to reach 20 goals, more specifically 26.
And let’s say, he can even match the former international for the Netherlands, if he scores eight goals in the four days remaining, although, for that, the Portuguese ace would have to surpass the current average, although already impressive, of one goal every 131 minutes. In addition, in 2012/13, when Robin van Persie scored 26 goals (top scorer in the championship), he recorded an average slightly faster than CR7’s: one goal every two hours of play, that is, 120 minutes.
Cristiano Ronaldo is currently the third best scorer in what is considered by many to be the best championship in the world: ahead of the Portuguese star are only South Korean Son Heung-Min (Tottenham), with 19 goals in 31 games and the Egyptian Mohamed Salah (Liverpool), with 22 goals in 32 games.
Manchester United’s latest top scorers:
2020/21 – Bruno Fernandes (18 goals)
2019/20 – Marcus Rashford (17 goals)
2018/19 – Paul Pogba (13 goals)
2017/18 – Romelu Lukaku (16 goals)
2016/17 – Zlatan Ibrahimovic (17 goals)
2015/16 – Anthony Martial (11 goals)
2014/15 – Wayne Rooney (12 goals)
2013/14 – Wayne Rooney (17 goals)
2012/13 – Robin van Persie (26 goals)