Cristiano Ronaldo's best and worst opponents

After Cristiano Ronaldo broke his personal duck against Paris Saint-Germain we discover that he loves playing Bayern München, but finds the going tougher against Barcelona – and Scottish clubs.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates another UEFA Champions League goal
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates another UEFA Champions League goal ©AFP/Getty Images

Paris Saint-Germain were one of the few European opponents Cristiano Ronaldo had failed to score against until his UEFA Champions League double on Wednesday.

That 3-1 win means the 119-goal all-time UEFA club competition top scorer has now struck against more than two thirds of the 50 teams he has faced in Europe. Which sices has Ronaldo found the hardest – or easiest – opponents to break down?

• With 119 goals in 13,223 minutes of UEFA club competition football, Ronaldo scores at an average rate of a goal every 111 minutes and 7 seconds. However, that rate is considerably higher with Real Madrid (83min 14s per goal) than it was with Sporting CP and Manchester United (290min 30s per goal).

Watch all of Cristiano Ronaldo's European goals
Watch all of Cristiano Ronaldo's European goals

• Ronaldo has played against 50 teams in UEFA competition, scoring against 34. As a Madrid player, he has faced 32 sides in Europe, with only four now having managed to stop him scoring: Barcelona, Dinamo Zagreb, Legia Warszawa and Napoli.

• Barcelona have proved the toughest European nut to crack for Ronaldo: he has yet to score in 450 minutes against Madrid's Liga rivals – 270 with United and 180 with the Merengues.

Watch Real Madrid score eight against Malmö
Watch Real Madrid score eight against Malmö

• The team he has found it easiest to breach are Malmö, with his six goals across 180 UEFA Champions League minutes against the Swedish club constituting a strike every 30 minutes.

• The side Ronaldo has encountered most in Europe are Lyon, whom he has met ten times – 884 minutes in total – scoring four goals.

• Ronaldo has struck nine times against Bayern München – more goals than he has mustered against any other continental opposition. These goals have come in six games, at an average of one every 64 minutes and 47 seconds.

Who has Ronaldo scored against in UEFA competitions?

Opponents
by club
Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
Aalborg 1 90 - -
AC Milan 6 513 2 256m30s
Ajax 5 450 7 64m17s
APOEL 4 360 6 60m
Arsenal 2 180 2 90m
Atlético 6 600 4 150m
Auxerre 2 162 1 162m
Barcelona 5 450 - -
Basel 2 180 2 90m
Bayern 6 583 9 64m47s
Benfica 4 337 - -
Celtic 3 262 - -
Chelsea 1 120 1 120m
CSKA Moskva 2 180 3 60m
Debrecen 2 157 1 157m
Dinamo Bucureşti 1 64 - -
Dinamo Zagreb 1 90 - -
Dortmund 9 800 7 114m17s
Dynamo Kyiv 2 180 3 60m
Fenerbahçe 1 90 - -
Galatasaray 3 270 6 45m
Inter Milan 3 212 1 212m
Juventus 5 450 7 64m17s
København     4 360 3 120m
Legia 2 180 - -
Liverpool 2 165 1 165m
LOSC Lille 4 320 - -
Ludogorets 2 180 2 90m
Lyon 10 884 4 221m
Malmö 2 180 6 30m
Man. City 3 270 1 270m
Man. United 3 187 2 93m30s
Marseille 2 160 4 40m
Napoli 2 180 - -
Panathinaikos 1 90 - -
Paris 3 270 2 135m
Partizan 2 118 - -
Porto 4 201 1 201m
Rangers 1 90 - -
Roma 6 539 5 107m48s
Schalke 4 360 7 51m26s
Sevilla 1 90 2 45m
Shakhtar 2 180 5 36m
Sparta Praha 2 79 - -
Sporting CP 4 357 3 119m
Stuttgart 1 90 - -
Tottenham 4 335 4 83m45s
Villarreal 4 288 - -
Wolfsburg 2 180 3 60m
Zürich 2 110 2 55m
TOTAL 155 13223 119 111m7s

Ronaldo during United's meeting with Celtic in 2008
Ronaldo during United's meeting with Celtic in 2008©Getty Images

• Of Europe's big five footballing nations, Ronaldo has found German club defences most porous, averaging well over a goal a game – 26 strikes in 22 matches. However, while he nets plenty in the Liga, he has struggled with Spanish rearguards in Europe, scoring a goal only every 238 minutes against domestic opponents in UEFA competion.

• He may prefer not to move to Scotland: Ronaldo is yet to score in 352 minutes of UEFA club action against Scottish sides, by far the longest period that clubs from any country have been able to resist him.

Which nations' clubs has Ronaldo scored against?

Opponents by nationality Games Minutes Goals Minutes
per goal
Bulgaria 2 180 2 90m
Croatia 1 90 - -
Cyprus 4 360 6 60m
Czech Republic 2 79 - -
Denmark 5 450 3 150m
England 15 1257 11 114m16s
France 21 1796 11 163m16s
Germany 22 2013 26 77m25s
Greece 1 90 - -
Hungary 2 157 1 157m
Italy 22 1894 15 126m16s
Netherlands 5 450 7 64m17s
Poland 2 180 - -
Portugal 12 895 4 223m45s
Romania 1 64 - -
Russia 2 180 3 60m
Scotland 4 352 - -
Serbia 2 118 - -
Spain 16 1428 6 238m
Sweden 2 180 6 30m
Switzerland 4 290 4 72m30s
Turkey 4 360 6 60m
Ukraine 4 360 8 45m
TOTAL 155 13223 119 111m7s

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