Ronaldo Outclasses Messi's La Liga Goals Average
Cristiano Ronaldo Outclasses Lionel Messi’s La Liga Goals Average
Cristiano Ronaldo has the best goals-per-season average among La Liga’s top 10 all-time scorers, and a much better average than record scorer Lionel Messi.
The Portuguese recently moved passed Pahinho into eighth position in the all-time scoring ranks.
With 214 goals, he has overtaken the former Real player, who had scored 211 times during the 1950s.
Ronaldo averages 35.66 goals in the six La Liga seasons he has played, while Messi 'only' averages 25.09 goals per season since debuting 11 years ago.
The Los Blancos superstar scored 26 in his first campaign after his then world-record move from Manchester United in 2009. He added 40, 46, 34 and 31 in following four campaigns. This season, he already sits on 37 strikes with eight games still to play.
Messi has, of course, played many more seasons in La Liga as he started his career at Barcelona and debuted in 2004.
The Argentine started his first La Liga campaign with just one goal, before adding six, 14, ten and 23 until Ronaldo arrived. Messi figures burst to live with the Portuguese arrival and he has scored 34, 31, 50, 46 and 28 goals since. This season, he sits four strikes behind Ronaldo on 33 goals.
No other player among La Liga’s top 10 all-time scorers comes close to Ronaldo’s and Messi’s goals-per-season averages.
Former record-scorer Telmo Zarra averaged 16.7 goals per season, while third-placed Hugo Sanchez had an 18-goals average. Real Madrid legend Raul averaged 14.3 strikes per season, while Alfredo Di Stefano scored 17.5 strikes on average.
Ronaldo and Messi have the next chance to add to their tally when they face Eibar and Sevilla this weekend.
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