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Cristiano Ronaldo’s 2018 form will make you question whether Lionel Messi really is the GOAT

The Real Madrid star has been in sparkling form since the turn of the year after a less than impressive start to the season

Will there ever be a final answer to the Cristiano Ronaldo v Lionel Messi debate?

Just as Messi looks like he is finally taking the ascendancy once and for all with glittering league form and brilliance in Europe, his old mate Ronny tears up the script for 2018.

Excluding his nine-goal Champions League haul, Ronaldo managed just four in the league before Christmas and there were whispers that CR7 was on his way out.


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I’m back baby

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I’m back baby

Oh how wrong they were.

While the media had been fawning over Messi’s exploits, scoring against Chelsea for the first time, stroking home three free kicks in three consecutive games and so on, Ronaldo has been quietly scoring an outrageous amount of goals this year.

The first two league games of 2018 drew blanks for the Real Madrid icon before he put the jets on to full blast and initiated beast mode.

Since January 21 Ronaldo has scored 21 goals for Real in 11 games and provided four assists.


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Ronaldo or Catinho?

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Ronaldo or Catinho?

After the 7-1 drubbing of Deportivo near the end of January Ronaldo is averaging nearly two goals a game and with 17 league goals in 2018 he’s scored as many as Arsenal and AC Milan have managed as a team and more than Man United, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund.

He’s also scored more goals than other player in the top five European leagues in all competitions in 2018.

Ronaldo brought up his 50th career hat-trick with four goals in Madrid’s crazy 6-3 win over Girona last night and he currently looks unstoppable.

Don’t bet against a third straight Champions League for Los Blancos with their main man in this kind of electric form.

WhoScored.Com’s stats page creaking under the weight of Ronny’s goals

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WhoScored.Com’s stats page creaking under the weight of Ronny’s goals

In Europe, the new pretenders PSG thought Madrid were there for the taking, but they forgot to calculate the Ronaldo factor.

Two goals in the first tie essentially ended the contest before Cristiano scored another and assisted one in the return leg in Paris.

Like they say, the Champions League is Real Madrid’s tournament and no-one is taking their crown any time soon.

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Yes, Messi has been fabulous this season as Barca steamroller the league and look very convincing in Europe and he will have his eyes set on a fifth Champions League triumph.

However Ronaldo is making a statement with the sort of numbers he is putting up right now.

Sit back and enjoy the battle between two of the best players to ever grace the game.
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