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.
In the last 11 seasons, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals than Tony Pulis' teams (542-521). https://t.co/uuq916LUPj- Richard Jolly (@RichJolly) May 17, 2019
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.
"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.
Greatest header of the ball ever. No one comes close. :rocket::rocket:pic.twitter.com/wMe0SLN9va- TeamCRonaldo Fans (@TeamCRonaldo) May 3, 2019
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.