Cristiano Ronaldo Has Scored More Goals Than Tony Pulis' Teams In Past 11 Years

One does not normally mention Cristiano Ronaldo and Tony Pulis in the same sentence but after the Welsh man parted company with Middlesbrough, a quite ridiculous statistic involving the unlikely pair has emerged.

In the past eleven seasons, where Pulis has had four different managerial jobs in both the Premier League and Championship, his teams have scored a total of 521 goals.

Of course Pulis is not known for his free-flowing attacking football but incredibly, in that same time-frame, Ronaldo has scored an insane 542 goals by himself.

Kudos to Richard Jolly for finding our new favourite football stat.

With two games of the season remaining, Ronaldo has hit 28 goals in his first campaign with Juventus at the age of 34.

His game has evolved from being the best dribbler in world football to more of a 'penalty box player' but he's experienced a great deal of success and prolonged his career in the process.

And as his game as adapted, so too has Ronaldo's mentality when he steps onto the pitch.

Image: PA
Image: PA

"I see football as a mission: go to the field, win, make me better," Ronaldo said in an interview with El Pais, per the Independent.

"Those moments when I went to the field thinking, 'I'm going to dribble," if I'm honest, I don't have those moments anymore.

"There is an additional pressure. People are always judging: 'It's over already. He's 33, 34 or 35 years old, I should leave him.' And you want to surprise people."

While dribbling isn't much of a feature of his game these days, heading most definitely is.

In the 1-1 draw with city rivals Torino a couple of weeks back, Ronaldo notched his 100th headed goal of his career.

Ronaldo demonstrated the special aerial prowess that defenders simply cannot prepare for and further proved that he is the best header of a ball in football history.

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock comment cursor facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp ODDSbible