Some of the best players in the world will take to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu pitch on Wednesday evening for Real Madrid’s Champions League showdown with Paris Saint-Germain, but none can match the European pedigree of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Edinson Cavani make up Europe’s most tarrying front line, however the Portuguese No.7 is the one with the upper hand, in terms of Champions League experience and performances.
While his 2017/18 LaLiga tally of 11 goals is lower than those of previous seasons, Ronaldo is an unstoppable monster in the Champions League and in the biggest matches.
He scored nine goals in the six group stage matches of this edition, netting at least once in every single outing, while he has scored 115 goals in the competition throughout his career.
Last season he wrote a new chapter into the history books by becoming the first player to score two hat-tricks in two different knockout matches of the same Champions League season, doing so against Bayern Munich and against Atletico Madrid.
Besides the individual records, he has won the trophy on four occasions, once with Manchester United in 2007/08 and then three times with Real Madrid, in 2013/14, 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Paco Gento managed to win the European Cup six times during his career, but it wouldn’t be too big of a surprise if Ronaldo were to equal that.
If he is to pick up another winner’s medal this season then he and his Real Madrid teammates must first get the better of PSG, with the first leg of that tie getting underway at 20:45 CET on Wednesday night.