Who are Cristiano Ronaldo's favourite opponents?

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals in his previous six UEFA games against Atlético. Is he due another one in the UEFA Super Cup?

Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup
Cristiano Ronaldo in training ahead of the 2017 UEFA Super Cup ©AFP/Getty Images

With 123 goals in 13,763 minutes of UEFA club competition football, Cristiano Ronaldo scores at an average rate of a goal every 111 minutes and 54 seconds. However, that rate is considerably higher with Real Madrid (85min 11s per goal – 107 goals in 9,115 minutes) than it was with Sporting CP and Manchester United (290min 30s per goal – 16 goals in 4,648 minutes).

• Ronaldo has played against 50 teams in UEFA club competition, scoring against 34. As a Madrid player, he has faced 32 sides in Europe, with only four having managed to stop him finding the net: 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 opponents 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 team Ronaldo has encountered most in Europe are Lyon, whom he has met ten times – 884 minutes in total – scoring four goals.

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 64m47s
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 8 763 9 84m47s
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 7 630 10 63m
København     4 360 3 120m
Legia 2 180 - -
Liverpool 3 255 1 255m
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 4 360 3 120m
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 161 13763 123 111m54s

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 24 matches. However, while he nets plenty in the Liga, he has struggled with Spanish rearguards in Europe, notching a goal only every 238 minutes against domestic opposition 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 16 1347 11 122m5s
France 22 1886 12 157m10s
Germany 24 2193 26 84m21s
Greece 1 90 - -
Hungary 2 157 1 157m
Italy 24 2074 18 115m13s
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 161 13763 123 111m54s

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