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Ronaldo: I Don’t Care About Best’s Record

Cristiano RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo was crowned the best player in England the second best in Europe last season, following a season where he scored 23 goals and assisted 20, in 53 appearances. The boy was on fire, aided by the motivation the booing and jeering opposition gave him, and blew the Premiership apart. Could Ronaldo improve on this incredible season?

Well, that question has been answered already, and it is only January. In 25 appearances, Ronaldo has already equalled last season’s goals tally of 23, and doesn’t show any signs of slowing down.

With Giggsy joining the 100 league goals club earlier in the season, and set to replace Sir Bobby Charlton as the player with the most appearances in the clubs history, Cristiano Ronaldo has a record of his own to break.

Aged 22, George Best scored 32 goals in 52 games for Manchester United, scooping awards for player of the year in England and in Europe. It was the legend’s greatest season with the club, seeing him set a record for goals from a United winger. Ronaldo is approaching this goal, but claims he is more focussed on team success than individual records.

“It is a pleasure and a great compliment when people compare me to George Best,” Ronaldo said today. “For me, Best was one of the most important players ever. If I break his record I’m happy but to be honest, I don’t care. The most important thing is for the team to win the title. I never imagined I would have 23 goals by January but the team are playing very well and my team-mates are creating many opportunities for me to score. Last season I scored 23 times. This time I want to score more. I just want to do my best and improve every year,” he added.

With fifteen games remaining in the league, along with cup competitions, Ronaldo needs just 10 goals to beat Best’s record, and you’d have to be mad to bet against him. He has come in to his own this season, ripping our opposition apart week on week, and finally showing himself as the greatest player in the World.

George Best was once asked about Ronaldo and replied, “there have been a few players described as ‘The new George Best’ over the years, but this is the first time it has been a compliment to me.” Will the player who Best rated so highly be the man to pinch his goalscoring record?

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12 Comments

  1. jsos says:

    “George Best was once asked about Ronaldo and replied, “there have been a few players described as ‘The new George Best’ over the years, but this is the first time it has been a compliment to me.””

    i’d say the biggest honor for Ronnie was right there

  2. Tom F says:

    It’s very meaningful considering Best never saw Ronaldo last season or this season. as for the goal record, Why not? Id be suprised if he can’t score more than 10 if he stays fit.

  3. Eddie says:

    Cristiano Ronaldo is, and always will be, special to united. He is special in his own way, no one is like him. A winger with more tricks than the trick book has written in it, amazing goalscorer and contributed to almost everything in our attacks. When Georgie Best passed away(R.I.P) , Ronaldo really started hitting form. In the last six months of the 2005/2006 season he became a more complete player, and if it hadnt been for Rooney, he would have gotten more praise that season. Our number 7….. our hero…… our Cristiano Ronaldo!

  4. denton davey says:

    Maradona Good;

    Pele Better;

    Georgie Best !

    What does that make CR7 ?

  5. mark says:

    Ronstoppable? Ha, that was bad…

  6. jimmy Bob says:

    It’s all about winning medals not breaking records, just win us the league and the champs lge ronnie and thats good enough for me

  7. KingOfZamunda says:

    denton davey- that’s the second tme I’ve had to respond to one of your posts- Cristiano Ronaldo is no doubt the best player in the world right now, the form book makes sure of that. He is terrifying to the opposition, he has been good on the international stage, at club level and at European level, he’s eclipsed all those around him- BUT he has a while to go before you can start calling him better than Pele and Maradona.
    He’s amazing he is, one day he may justifiably be called a far greater player than either Pele or Maradona, but that one day hasn’t come yet.

  8. Tom F says:

    United have The new Maradona, The white Pele and The only winger who is worthy of Bests “7″ shirt. So I am not going to worry right now.

  9. denton davey says:

    KIngOfZamunda – you don’t have to reply to my posts; it’s not a requirement. Of course, Ronaldo is still a work-in-progress because players usually only reach their peak in their mid-twenties. Can’t we dream a bit ?

  10. james pickering says:

    if best said it then its the truth

  11. Stephen says:

    He truly has been excellent this season but do find he goes missing in the big games. I know he is work in progress and hopefully will get better but we do show his class in europe, remember Milan last season , Arsenal this season and also Liverpool

  12. KingOfZamunda says:

    Denton Davey-One has to step in when it’s a borderline ‘he what?’ post…
    And yes, dream on ass you please, that will not be denied of anyone, just expect a response if the dreams are not even at making it to the dream stage, if that makes ay sense at all?!

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