Cristiano Ronaldo’s 750 club goals: Breaking down the greatest living goalscorer

 | March 13 | 

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Cristiano Ronaldo is arguably the greatest goalscorer to have ever lived. His Al-Nassr side crashed out of the Asian Champions League on penalties on Monday night as Ronaldo himself staggeringly missed a chance from five yards out. However, he also found the net from the spot to bring up an incredible milestone. 750 club goals. 

No current player has scored more club goals, with his arch-nemesis Lionel Messi currently on 719. It’s been a remarkable couple of decades for Ronaldo, who only needs one more to hit the half-century mark for Al-Nassr.

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His goalscoring career is nothing short of legendary, and CR7’s appetite for the game is seemingly insatiable. He’ll turn 40 in 2025, and will likely play a big part in Portugal's quest for European glory this summer. But how has he scored these 750 club goals? Below we break down how he has scored these goals, discovering how dominant his right foot is, and which area of the pitch is his favourite to score from.

143 penalties

Ronaldo has taken some huge penalties during his career. He is the big man for the big occasion, and his rate of 143 goals from 165 penalty kicks gives him an impressive conversion rate of 86.7 per cent. He scored one in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in a 4-1 win, and is one of the most reliable penalty takers the world has ever seen.

50 free-kicks

CR7 is credited with mastering the knuckleball free-kick technique and, when he was younger, had a knack of finding the net from a dead ball. His two most famous free-kick goals both came in his first spell at Manchester United, with his stunning strike against Portsmouth one of the best we have ever seen. He also scored from long range against Arsenal in the Champions League but seemed to lose his knack for taking free-kicks later in his career. 

56 outside the box in open play

Again, something we used to see more of from Ronaldo was his fantastic powerful strikes from outside the box. Who can forget that wonder goal against Porto? Ronaldo’s huge power saw him score 56 goal from outside the box, which, along with his 50 free-kicks, means he has over 100 club goals from long range. Impressive.

501 inside the box in open play

A simply remarkable number. The Portuguese superstar turned himself from a flamboyant winger into the most devastating number nine we have ever seen. Over the last decade, he has specialised in scoring goals inside the box, with his head and either foot. His movement and finishing ability have meant he has added years to his career length as a number nine. Simply put, he's one of the best strikers we have ever seen.

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53 hat-tricks

The highest number of hat-tricks of any current football player. He's hit 53 in total, including one in the 2018-19 Champions League that saw Juventus come from 2-0 down against Atletico Madrid to qualify. Even in his supposedly less-productive later days he scored one treble against Tottenham Hotspur in 2022 in his second spell at Manchester United and has added another for Al-Nassr this term.

138 left foot

Ronaldo’s two-footedness is arguably his standout quality over Messi, and he has now scored a remarkable 138 goals with his 'weaker' left foot. His ability to go both ways and fire the ball in with his left has earned him so many extra goals, with that wonderful strike against Galatasaray arguably the pick of the bunch. 

491 right foot

His deadly right foot is one of the most potent weapons in the history of the sport. He is now close to the 500-goal mark at club level using just his right foot alone. To put that figure into some perspective, Thierry Henry scored a total of 417 career goals for club and country.

119 headers

A man who can leap like no other, he scored a header in the Champions League final for Manchester United in 2008 and famously netted a wondrous header for Juventus, leaping above the Sampdoria defender at a height of 2.56m. 

2 with any other body part

Even Cristiano has bundled a couple in…

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