Cristiano Ronaldo couldn’t move for breaking records at Real Madrid.
He left Madrid as their all-time top goalscorer, record goalscorer in La Liga, top goalscorer in the Champions League and boasts the most assists in La Liga as well most assists in the Champions League for Los Blancos.
We only paused for breath. Ronaldo also has the most La Liga hat-tricks to his name, most La Liga penalties and was the fastest player to reach 150 goals in La Liga. Let’s move on, before we get lost in the ‘honours’ section of Ronaldo’s Wikipedia page.
Ronaldo’s move to Juventus means there are new history books to stepover his way into.
Unfortunately time isn’t on his side, as Ronaldo turns 35 in February. Not that it really matters when science reckons you’re fitter than a 20-year-old athlete.
So what does he have to do to make history?
All-time record appearances
To topple Alessandro Del Piero’s appearance record Ronaldo would have to make a play for Juventus a swift 705 times.
To put this in perspective, he made an average of 49 appearances a season in all competitions over his last nine campaigns in Madrid.
So, using a bit of rough mathematics and not allowing for the sands of time to take their toll on Ronaldo’s body, he’ll need 14 seasons to overthrow Del Piero.
You may as well give him the plaque now.
Oldest player to represent Juventus in Serie A
A bit more realistic, this.
Dino Zoff had been on this planet for 41 years and 86 days when he lined up in goal for the final time.
Another eight seasons of football and Ronaldo will be there. But that record isn’t a level playing field. The six eldest Juventus players all happen to be goalkeepers.
If Ronaldo is to be the oldest Juventus’ oldest outfield player in Serie A he’ll have to beat midfielder Luis Monti, who was 38 years and four months he played against Triestina in 1939.
Most goals in a single match
Again, one Ronaldo could realistically aim for.
Omar Sivori scored six times against Inter Milan during the 1960/61 season, in which Juventus unsurprisingly topped Serie A.
In Europe, Middlesbrough cult hero Fabrizio Ravanelli holds the record with all the goals in a 5-1 blitz of CSKA Sofia.
Scoring five times in one game is a feat Ronaldo achieved on two separate occasions during his Madrid career, so it shouldn’t take long.
Most goals in a Serie A campaign
Now for the most comfortable route into Juventus’ record books for Ronaldo.
Felice Placido Borel’s 31-goal campaign in the 1933/34 Serie A season is a current Juventus record.
Ronaldo averaged 34.5 goals per season in La Liga during nine years at Madrid, although we’ll round that up to 35 to avoid upsetting Ronny.
He’s coming for you, Felice.
Most goals in a single season
Outside of bludgeoning Serie A to a pulp, what does Ronaldo have to do to take the record for the most goals in all competitions during a single Juventus season?
Simple, make the pig’s bladder ruffle the onion bag on 36 different occasions. In doing so he will better Ferenc Hirzer’s efforts in the 1925/26 season.
The last time Ronaldo scored less than 36 times in all competitions was 2010.
The Old Lady is singing loud and clear.
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