A number of his critics keep aiming jibes at Portugese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, but he answers them back in the way he knows best — scoring goals and breaking records.
As he hits the ripe old footballing age of 30, there has been talk that the phenomenal winger is past his prime. Critics do not hold back in their complaints about Ronaldo — from questioning his Balon d’Or credentials to pointing out that he can only score against weaker opposition, but the fact remains that he is one of the top two most lethal attacking players in the world today.
His hat-trick against RCD Espanyol has now put him back in his usual spot in the La Liga goal scoring charts, as he became joint top scorer in the league, alongside Barca’s Luis Suarez, with 19 goals. It also helped him achieve a La Liga record, becoming the first player in a century to score 8 goals against the same opponent in one season.
One of Ronaldo’s goals in the match against Espanyol was from a penalty, which takes his tally of penalties in 2015-16 to seven, which is the highest of any player in the top 5 European leagues this season.
It’s not just the scoring part he’s adept at. Ronaldo has also won 14 penalties in the league, which is five more than any other player since the 2009-10 season.
He’s back on top of the highest scorers list in La Liga. He’s notched up a few records along the way. Now all Cristiano Ronaldo has to do is have a definitive big match performance, and he will have all his critics eating their words.