Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the best and the “most complete player” in the world.
Ronaldo has been on a rollercoaster pole vault ride since leaving Manchester United for the Spanish capital club in 2009 for the then world record transfer fee of £75m, which was recently broken by another Madrid mega signing Gareth Bale who joined from Tottenham.
Since then Ronaldo, who has scored 25 goals in 14 league games this current season, has netted a total of 281 goals in 267 games for Madrid, with 200 goals from his 178 La Liga games, putting him ninth on the all-time list.
He has bagged 27 hat-tricks, two away from Alfredo di Stéfano’s record of 28, 23 La Liga hat-tricks, 52 penalties, 57 Champions League goals 17 goals in the 2013-14 Champions League – a record which broke the previous mark of 14 jointly held by José Altafini and Lionel Messi
The Portugal international, whose statue was unveiled in his town of birth Madeira this week, has been in imperious form once again for Los Blancos this term with 30 goals in all competitions helping Carlo Ancelotti’s men sit top of Spanish top flight, with a place in the Champions League knockout stages already secured.
Ronaldo is also in contention for the 2014 Ballon d’Or and has been rated favourite to nick his third career world footballer of the year award with four-time winner Lionel Messi and Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to beat.
All the phenomenal achievements have prompted club president Florentino Perez to rate the 29-year-old forward as a complete player and the best.
“Without a doubt he’s the best,” Perez said.
“Of course he’s the most complete, and not only for what he’s achieved.”
Madrid just returned from Morocco with the Club World Cup trophy after Saturday’s 2-0 win over San Lorenzo in Marrakech and are on a 22-game winning streak.