30.09.2019 » What was Ronaldo's best season in his career?
Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the worlds best for one simple reason — he doesn't have bad seasons. He is consistently among the goals for whichever team he is playing for, and this very often leads to team honours and individual accolades. His high scoring ability season after season makes him one of the best players to have ever stepped foot on the football field. His reputation with fans of clubs that he has played for makes him a legend at some of the biggest clubs in the world. This natural goalscoring ability means that he is also among the favourites to win the golden boot every year and ensures that his team is a leading contender in every competition. But, which season has been Ronaldo's best?
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Manchester United 2007/08
The season when Ronaldo truly arrived on the global stage was the 2007/08 campaign with Manchester United. Ronaldo had scored his then-best goals return of 23 in the previous season to guide the Red Devils to a first league title in four seasons. But he took his game to a new level in this season. Ronaldo was joined in the forward areas by Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez to form one of the Premier League's best-attacking forces of all-time.
United were pushed all the way to the line in the title race as they beat Wigan Athletic on the final day to secure the title. Ronaldo scored the opener on that day at the DW Stadium, but bigger things were yet to come. United competed in the 2008 Champions League final against Chelsea, and Ronaldo stamped his authority on the game by scoring the opener.
Chelsea equalised through Frank Lampard and the game went to a penalty shootout. Man United reigned supreme in Moscow, but Ronaldo missed his spot-kick. In total, Cristiano Ronaldo scored 42 goals that season, which remains a Manchester United record.
Real Madrid 2013/14
Cristiano Ronaldo was brought to Real Madrid with one clear goal in mind: to win the Champions League. He finally delivered the record-extending tenth European Cup at the end of the 2013/14 season.
Ronaldo scored 51 goals in total throughout this season, and under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, his game was adjusted. Instead of occupying a position on the wing, he transitioned into a more central role and was given a free pass to do whatever he liked on the pitch.
Ronaldo's stats are so good that this season is still only his fifth-best return in terms of goals. But, he was the man for the big occasion in this season for Madrid. He played a crucial role in their route to the Copa del Rey final before missing out on the win due to injury.
However, he was also in inspired form in the Champions League. He finished the competition as the top scorer having scored 17 goals in 12 games. He also scored in the 4-1 final win against Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid 2015/16
2016 will forever be remembered as one of the best years of Cristiano Ronaldo's career. He once again scored 51 goals for Madrid and delivered yet another Champions League title. He started this season pretty quiet under the management of Rafael Benitez, but the appointment of Zinedine Zidane changed all that.
The Frenchman arrived at the club in January and Madrid performed excellently to secure a second-place finish. However, it was in Europe where we saw the very best of the club, and Ronaldo. Madrid only lost twice in all competitions following the appointment of Zidane, and Ronaldo's goals guided the club to another Champions League final.
Once again, they come up against Atletico, and Ronaldo scored the winning spot-kick to secure a third Champions League crown. Already past his 30s, he continued having almost the same pace as a running horse in the Breeders Cup classic race.
Ronaldo's season didn't finish there, as he travelled to France to represent Portugal. His performances guided the national team to the final against the hosts, with the match eventually ending with Ronaldo lifting the European Championship, the first ever title in the National Team history. That is, perhaps, why Ronaldo claimed it was the most important title he won in his career so far.
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