How Ronaldo’s Goals Fuel Real Madrid Wins

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Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday

Real Madrid face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday at the San Siro in a repeat of 2014’s thrilling tie where Real broke Atletico’s hearts with a last-gasp equaliser en route to an extra-time victory. 

There is no doubt about it, despite Gareth Bale’s increasing influence under new coach Zinedine Zidane, Cristiano Ronaldo is still the main man at the Bernabeu. Bettingexpert has analysed his career from humble beginnings at Sporting Lisbon through to his showbiz lifestyle in Madrid to see how his goals have helped in the win column.

His engrossing scoring rivalry with fellow La Liga legend Lionel Messi has taken interest in the beautiful game to new heights in recent years, while helping Real to an impressive trophy haul. Looking back earlier in his career, it was always clear to see that the Madeira native would be a constant thorn in the sides of opposition teams.

He may have only made a handful of appearances for Sporting Lisbon, however he scored five times and in the 13 victories he played a part in he managed four goals - enough to alert Manchester United.

United Switch Sees Ronaldo Blossom

Once Fergie snapped him up for the Old Trafford stage, his production increased dramatically. He was on the winning side in 65% of his United games, scoring in 44% of those victories.

Total Appearances 292
Total Assists 54
Total Goals 118

Wins when Ronaldo is playing

2003-2004 25
2004-2005 26
2005-2006 27
2006-2007 36
2007-2008 37
2008-2009 39
Total Wins 190

It is his Real Madrid career, though, that proves to be the most interesting for us ahead of the showpiece final against cross city rivals Atletico. His Portugal career was well and truly underway at that point and the international phenomenon has now taken part in 75 victories out of the 125 appearances - scoring in just under half of those wins.

Bernabeu Brings Out the Best

Amazingly, Real have won nearly 75% of the matches Ronaldo has appeared in and even more impressively he has scored in approximately the same percentage of those triumphs.

Total Appearances 347
Total Assists 99
Total Goals 364

Wins when Ronaldo is playing

2009-2010 28
2010-2011 42
2011-2012 42
2012-2013 34
2013-2014 35
2014-2015 39
2015-2016 35
Total Wins 255

Outside of Messi, these stats are superhuman whatever team you play for - galácticos or otherwise.

There is no doubt that Atletico boss Diego Simeone will be keeping a special eye on Welsh wizard Bale nevertheless it is Ronaldo who still poses the biggest threat to his team who are seeking to make it third time lucky in European football’s blue-riband event after 1974 and 2014 losses.

With Real currently top of the European Cup winning pile with 10 victories overall, Ronaldo is poised to power them up to 11 - four clear of AC Milan whose last triumph came back in 2007.

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