Cristiano Ronaldo's Record In The Latter Stages Of The Champions League Is Truly Insane

Cristiano Ronaldo once again proved he is the man for the big occasion when Real Madrid travelled to the Johan Cruyff Arena on Wednesday night, scoring one of those classic hanging headers to put Los Blancos in the lead.

Year after year the 34-year-old has produced when his team need him most. From the Champions League final in 2008, when he gave Manchester United the lead with a bullet header against Chelsea, to last season's finish against current side Juventus.

Ronaldo has scored a truly ridiculous amount of goals in the latter stages of the competition.

In fact, he has 41 goals in Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals, blowing his fellow players out of the water by a country mile.

Not only has he bagged three goals in Champions League finals, more than any other player in history, but his record compared to his great rival Lionel Messi is something else. The Juventus forward has 24 goals in 21 games in quarter finals and 14 goals in semi-finals.

If you total all of his and Messi's goals, Ronaldo has 25 more goals than the Barcelona forward. Incredible.

He has also scored far more than some legends of the game, including Raul, Filippo Inzaghi and Andriy Shevchenko. Also, the fact that he has more than twice as many career Champions League knockout stage goals (64) than Ajax does as a club (31) is just mind blowing, to be honest.

This guy is on another level, I swear.

Jack Kenmare

Jack Kenmare is a writer at SPORTbible. He's interviewed some huge names in the world of sport, including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Pele, Carles Puyol and Tim Henman. He dabbles in all things sport, but football is his biggest passion. He was once hit in the head by a wayward strike from Nicky Butt and lived to tell the tale.

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