What records has Cristiano Ronaldo broken?

Every record Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo has broken in his career so far

Cristiano Ronaldo has broken numerous records throughout his 20-year career at both club and international levels.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates the victory at the end of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier knockout round play-off match between Portugal and North Macedonia. (Image: (Photo by Jose Manuel Alvarez/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images))

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the most accomplished professional footballers in the history of the sport.

Throughout Ronaldo ‘s career, the 37-year-old has broken records at each club he has played for, as well as at international level with Portugal. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner returned to Manchester United last summer and has since scored 12 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season.

After lifting a host of trophies including the Premier League and Champions League during his first spell at Old Trafford, Ronaldo continued to enjoy success at Real Madrid and Juventus. United ‘s star man added two major international trophies to his cabinet winning Euro 2016 and UEFA Nations League in 2019.

It’s clear for all to see that Ronaldo is a serial winner and thrives on the big stage for club and country. MEN Sport has taken a closer look at all of the records that United’s No.7 has broken or set in his spectacular career:

Club and International Records

The Portuguese international is currently the Champions League’s record goalscorer, finding the back of the net on 136 occasions throughout his career, so his ability to perform on the biggest stage in club football is unrivalled. Ronaldo is also the competition’s record appearance holder (183), surpassing former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ tally of 177 earlier this season.

The 37-year-old’s love for the Champions League does not stop there as he still holds the record for most goals scored in the competition in a single season — scoring 17 goals in the 2013/14 campaign. Ronaldo has scored in more Champions League finals (four) than any other player and set the record of becoming the first player in history to score in every Champions League group stage game in the 2017/18 season, with Ajax’s Sebastian Haller equalling the record earlier this season.

Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid kisses the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid kisses the trophy after winning the UEFA Champions League Final.

The Portuguese ace bagged 44 hat-tricks during his time in the Spanish capital — which is another record — on his way to becoming Real Madrid’s all-time top goalscorer with an incredible 450 goals. After swapping Madrid for Turin, Ronaldo continued to break records as he tallied 37 goals for Juventus in the 2019/20 campaign, the highest figure a Juve player has ever scored in a single season, as well as becoming the first player to score 100 goals at club-level in three separate countries.

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While World Cup glory still eludes Ronaldo’s massive trophy collection, he has won the European Championship and UEFA Nations League with Portugal. The United striker recently became the men’s international football highest goalscorer of all-time, registering 115 goals for Portugal, and counting.

Ronaldo also holds the record for most international caps as captain (128) and scoring against the most different national teams (46). The 37-year-old is the oldest player to have scored a hat-trick at the World Cup finals, while also breaking Michel Platini’s record for the most goals scored at a Euros final with 14 goals in 25 appearances at the tournament.

Ronaldo’s full list of individual records

  • Most goals scored in all official senior competitions (807)
  • Most men’s international goals scored (115)
  • Most goals scored in the FIFA Club World Cup (7)
  • Most international goals scored in a calendar year (32)
  • First male player to score 10 international hat-tricks
  • Only player to win the league title, domestic cup, domestic super-cup, Champions League, Club World Cup, league player of the year, Golden Shoe and Ballon d’Or at two clubs (Man United & Real Madrid)
  • Most appearances in the FIFPro World 11 (14)
  • Most FIFA World Cups scored in (4)
  • Old player to score a hat-trick at a FIFA World Cup (33 years, 130 days)
  • Only player to score more than 50 goals in seven consecutive calendar years
  • First player to score in consecutive FIFA Club World Cup finals
  • First player to score in 10, 11 and 12 consecutive international tournaments
  • Most different national teams scored against (46)
  • Most goals in a UEFA Champions League season by an individual (17)
  • Most FIFA World Player of the Year awards (3)
  • Most hat-tricks in a La Liga career (25)
  • Most men’s international caps (185)
  • Most goals scored in all UEFA senior competitions (224)
  • First player to reach 100 career wins in the UEFA Champions League
  • Most career wins by an individual in the UEFA Champions League (114)
  • First player to reach 100 career goals in European club competitions
  • First player to reach 100 career goals in the UEFA Champions League
  • First player to reach 100 career goals for a single club in the UEFA Champions League
  • Most goals scored in European club competitions (143)
  • Most appearances in the UEFA Champions League proper (183)
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League (140)
  • Most assists in the UEFA Champions League (42)
  • Most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League/European Cup season (17)
  • Most goals scored in the group stage of a UEFA Champions League season (11)
  • Most goals scored in UEFA Champions League knockout phase (58)
  • Most UEFA Champions League goals scored in a calendar year (19)
  • Most individual teams scored against in the UEFA Champions League (37)
  • Most goals scored from penalty kicks in UEFA Champions League history (19)
  • Most goals scored from direct free kicks in UEFA Champions League history (12)
  • First and only player to score 15 or more UEFA Champions League goals in three seasons
  • First player to score a hat-trick in consecutive Champions League knockout matches
  • First player to score in all six group stage matches in the UEFA Champions League in a season
  • First player in the history of UEFA Champions League to score three hat-tricks in a single season
  • First and only player to finish UEFA Champions League top scorer in six consecutive seasons (2012/13 to 2017/18) and in seven seasons overall
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals (22)
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals (14)
  • First and only player to score in three UEFA Champions League Finals: in 2008, 2014, and 2017
  • First and only player to score 10 goals against a single opponent (Juventus) in the UEFA Champions League
  • Most consecutive UEFA Champions League matches scored in (11)
  • Most UEFA Champions League hat-tricks scored by player aged 30+ (6)
  • First player to have won the European Golden Shoe in different leagues: English Premier League (2007/08) and Spanish La Liga (2010/11, 2013/14, 2014/15)
  • First player to finish as top scorer in the Premier League, La Liga and Serie A
  • Most goals scored in the UEFA European Championship, including qualifiers (43)
  • Most career goals at UEFA European Championship finals tournaments (14)
  • Most career goals in UEFA European Championship qualifiers (31)
  • First and only player to have played and scored at five UEFA European Championship finals tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020)
  • First and only player to have scored three or more goals at more than one UEFA European Championship finals tournaments (2012, 2016, and 2020)
  • Most headed goals at UEFA European Championship finals tournaments (5)
  • Most appearances in UEFA European Championship competition, including qualifying (59)
  • First player to appear in three UEFA European Championship semi-finals (2004, 2012, and 2016)
  • Most Man of the Match awards at the UEFA European Championship (6)
  • Most goals scored in UEFA European Championship and European FIFA World Cup qualifiers (64)
  • First player to ever score 10 goals in four, five, six and seven consecutive UEFA Champions League seasons (2011/12 to 2017/18)
  • First player to score for two winning teams in the UEFA Champions League/European Cup (Manchester United in 2007/08 and Real Madrid in 2013/14)
  • Most UEFA Team of the Year appearances (15)
  • Most consecutive appearances in the UEFA Team of the Year (14)
  • First player to appear in more than one position in the UEFA Team of the Year
  • Fastest player to score 350 goals for one club (335 matches)
  • Most UEFA Best Player in Europe Award and UEFA Club Footballer of the Year awards (4)
  • First player aged 21 or under to score at least twice in three consecutive Premier League appearances
  • Most goals scored from penalty kicks in La Liga history (61)
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 150 league goals (140 matches)
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 200 league goals (178 matches)
  • Fastest La Liga player to score 300 league goals (286 matches)
  • Most goals scored in the Madrid Derby (22)
  • First player to score in six consecutive El Clasicos
  • Fastest footballer to reach 15 league goals in one La Liga season (8 matches)
  • Fastest footballer to reach 20 league goals in one La Liga season (12 matches)
  • Only player to reach 30 goals in six consecutive La Liga seasons
  • Most teams scored against in a La Liga season (19)
  • Most La Liga hat-tricks in a season (8)
  • Most consecutive away matches with at least one goal scored in a single Serie A season
  • First player to score in seven consecutive away matches in a debut Serie A season
  • Most consecutive Serie A matches scored in (11)
  • Most international caps as captain (128 caps)
  • Most recorded assists for the Portugal national team (32)
  • Most goals scored in a calendar year for the Portugal national team (14)
  • Most matches played for Portugal in World Cup finals (17)
  • Youngest player to reach 100 caps (27 years, eight months and 11 days)
  • First Portuguese player to score a Premier League hat-trick
  • Only Portuguese player to score 400 league goals in European top flight leagues
  • Most goals scored by a Portuguese player in Serie A (81)
  • First Portuguese player to score a Serie A hat-trick
  • Real Madrid all-time top goalscorer (450 goals)
  • Real Madrid top goalscorer in UEFA Champions League: 105 goals
  • Fastest Real Madrid player to reach 50 league goals
  • Fastest Real Madrid player to reach 100 league goals
  • Fastest Real Madrid player to reach 200 official goals
  • Most goals scored for Real Madrid in El Clasico matches (18)
  • Most goals scored for Real Madrid in seven consecutive league matches (15)
  • First Real Madrid player to score in eight consecutive matchdays
  • Most hat-tricks for Real Madrid in La Liga (34)
  • Most goals scored for Real Madrid from penalty kicks in UEFA Champions League (14)
  • Fastest player to reach 10 official goals for Juventus in all competitions (16 appearances)
  • Most goals scored in a season for Juventus in all competitions (37)
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