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13.11.2011 » Rodrigo: "Cristiano Ronaldo goal scoring records are impressive"

Rodrigo playing for SL Benfica, in 2011-2012

Benfica new rising star, Rodrigo, has been showing the potential needed to become one of the best forwards in Europe. The Spanish player praised Cristiano Ronaldo by saying that his goal scoring records are truly remarkable, especially in the modern football era, where defense prevails over attack.

The 20 years old former Real Madrid player, Rodrigo, currently plays for Benfica in Portugal and is seen by many as one of the most promising forwards in Europe these days. Born in Brazil, São Paulo, but holding Spanish citizenship, Rodrigo has been showing a voracious appetite for goal, similarly to Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid. The Spanish player has praised CR7, by saying that his goal scoring records are impressive, moreover in times where defense tends to prevail over attack.

Rodrigo playing in Real Madrid

Real Madrid still holds a buying back clause on Rodrigo, set at 12 million euros and that should expire at the end of the current season. However, the Spanish player doesn't seem worried about it and confessed that he's very happy at Benfica, a club that allows him to play and fight for important titles. Rodrigo recent form has called a lot of media attention over him, with 3 goals in the last 4 appearences for the club and an hat-trick while representing the Spanish Under-21 National Team.

Rodrigo: "I see it as a normal thing to happen [to be linked with Real Madrid], because I've been on the club's youth categories for many years. However, right now, I'm a Benfica player and I'm exclusively focused on doing my best for the club. The future belongs to God and I don't know what's going to happen. The only thing I care about is to keep working the way I've been doing and then, what is destined to happen, will simply happen", noted the Spanish player.

Rodrigo playing for the Spanish National Team U-21

Rodrigo was also asked to share his view on Real Madrid's current form, now that he's far from the club. Rodrigo: "It's obvious that Real Madrid is a more solid team than last year. They are really strong and they brought a few more great players to help them this season. I believe that the fight with Barcelona will be very intense now that the gap between both teams has narrowed", noted the Spanish player before making a few remarks on Real Madrid's key player, the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid players with the best goal-per-game rate averages of all-time

Player Name
Games
Goals
Goal per game rate
1. Cristiano Ronaldo
106
103
0.97
2. Puskas
261
242
0.93
3. Pahíño
144
124
0.86
4. Di Stéfano
396
307
0.77
5. Hugo Sánchez
283
208
0.73
6. Ronaldo
180
104
0.58
7. Zamorano
173
101
0.58
8. Molowny
208
104
0.50
9. Higuaín
183
88
0.48
10. Raúl
741
323
0.43

* Data collected from realmadrid.com in the 13-11-2011

Rodrigo: "Cristiano Ronaldo's goal scoring records are incredible. It's something that we don't see very often in football. In football's modern era, where defense keeps prevailing over attack, scoring near to a goal per match is superb. Cristiano Ronaldo stats are impressive and they just help proving that he is indeed, one of the best football players in the World", said the Benfica player.

Cristiano Ronaldo career goal-per-game rate stats

Season
Games
Goals
Goal per game rate
2002-03: Sporting CP
31
5
0.16
TOTAL: Sporting CP
31
5
0.40
2003-04: Manchester United
40
6
0.15
2004-05: Manchester United
50
9
0.18
2005-06: Manchester United
47
12
0.25
2006-07: Manchester United
53
23
0.45
2007-08: Manchester United
49
42
0.85
2008-09: Manchester United
53
26
0.41
TOTAL: Manchester United
292
118
0.40
2009-10: Real Madrid
36
33
0.92
2010-11: Real Madrid
54
53
0.98
2011-12: Real Madrid
17
17
1.00
TOTAL: Real Madrid
106
103
0.97
Career TOTAL
429
226
0.53

*Data collected from realmadrid.com in the 13-11-2011 and completed by ronaldo7.net

 

Rodrigo: "However, I'm not over-thinking about coming back to Real Madrid and play alongside with Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, or Higuaín. As I said before, I'm a Benfica player right now and that's where I want to put on good performances", emphasized the Spanish player, before adding a final note on who are his idols in football. Rodrigo: "My idols are Rivaldo and Ronaldo. But now in Benfica, I also have the opportunity to play with great players, such as Javier Saviola, Pablo Aimar, or Luisão."

Rodrigo in Benfica 2011-2012

After the draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina, in Zenica, Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates will now host Bosnia in Lisbon, Portugal, next Tuesday (15-11-2011), for the 2nd leg of the EURO 2012 playoff. You can watch Juventus live stream, Portugal vs Bosnia in our Football live streams section, this Tuesday. Real Madrid next match is against Valencia, for La Liga, in the 19th of November 2011

Sources: ronaldo7.net / marca.com / realmadrid.com / wikipedia.com

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