Manchester United is one of the most successful football clubs in the world with a total of 20 league titles. The club has had many players who have scored over 100 goals for them, but they’ve never had a player score more than Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150 goals. One player that has broken this record is Lionel Messi, who has scored an incredible 301 goals for Barcelona.
Wayne Rooney is the number 10 for Manchester United. He has scored more goals than any of their top 7 goal scorers.
The deal was almost done, but now it’s official: Cristiano Ronaldo is back at Manchester United after sealing his return to the club on transfer deadline day.
And he returns to United with a goal-scoring record that is out of this world. Before joining Real Madrid in June 2009, Ronaldo scored 118 goals in 282 games for Manchester United.
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Ronaldo has scored 551 club goals in 572 games since that day, with the first 450 (in 438 games) coming during his nine-year stay at the Bernabeu and the remaining 101 (in 134 games) for Juventus, whom he joined in the summer of 2018.
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To put Ronaldo’s incredible goal total in perspective, his total in the 11 years he’s been gone from United easily outnumbers United’s top 7 goal scorers combined!
Ronaldo has signed a two-year deal at Old Trafford, with the option of a third year, and the 36-year-old Portuguese enthusiastically shouted on Instagram that he’s “back where he belongs.”
Despite his youth, Ronaldo was given the club’s famous No. 7 jersey when he initially joined for United in August 2003, at the age of 18.
As the agile winger showed his mettle, the trust was amply rewarded. Indeed, he went on to play a key part in three Premier League titles under Sir Alex Ferguson, as well as FA Cup and Champions League triumphs. While at United, he also won the first of his five Ballon d’Or awards.
Many have attempted to succeed in his stead, but none have come close. Since Ronaldo’s departure from United in June 2009, the top seven scorers have combined for a total of 533 goals. Didn’t it have to be seven?
Here’s how the figures add up.
Wayne Rooney has 156 goals in 322 appearances for Manchester United.
Rooney is the Red Devils’ all-time leading scorer, although he performed a lot of his finest work at Old Trafford with Cristiano Ronaldo. After Ronaldo’s departure, the goals continued to come, but Rooney’s output was not like as prolific as his old strike partner’s post-United.
At Manchester United, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo were teammates. Manchester United/Getty Images/Matthew Peters
While being used in a variety of offensive positions, Rashford has already contributed a respectable number of goals despite being just 23 years old. Despite having started his sixth season as a senior professional, Rashford remains 30 goals short of Ronaldo’s 118 goals in five seasons at Old Trafford.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s first stint at Manchester United was when Marcus Rashford was a kid. Getty Images/Glyn Kirk
Since joining United from Monaco in 2015, Martial has made over 250 appearances for the Red Devils, but despite a few flashes of brilliance, he has generally failed to impress, owing to a lack of consistency.
After Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, Anthony Martial’s minutes may be restricted. Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images
It’s easy to forget how productive “Chicharito” was at United, but the beloved Mexican striker produced a constant stream of goals while spending much of his time on the bench during his five-year stay at Old Trafford.
In his Old Trafford career, Javier Hernandez scored 59 goals. Getty Images/Shaun Botterill
58 goals in 105 games for Robin van Persie
Van Persie was brought in from Arsenal to lead United to the Premier League championship, and the Dutchman did not disappoint, scoring the most goals for the club in his first season. But it was all for nothing, as the experienced striker only stayed with the Red Devils for three years before moving on.
Manchester United won the Premier League with the assistance of Robin van Persie. Manchester United’s Matthew Peters
Juan Mata has a total of 51 goals in 273 games.
A respectable number for an offensive midfielder, but Mata was never going to match Ronaldo’s frenetic scoring in La Liga and Serie A.
Juan Mata is still at Manchester United, and he has a chance to add to his total of goals. AFP/Getty Images/PAUL ELLIS
Bruno’s outstanding scoring rate will almost certainly suffer a significant drop from this point forward, considering that a certain other Portugal international will be keen to undertake direct free kick and penalty taking responsibilities.