Gretzky’s great record may fall not only because of Ovechkin. Will Ronaldo present 894 goals?
Anton Martysevich July 9, 2023, 21:05 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
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Arguments about who is the greatest player in soccer history may be based on aesthetic impressions, but are often backed up by statistics. However, there are pitfalls here too: how to compare the best football players of our time with the stars of the middle of the 20th century, who played at different speeds and even, to some extent, according to different rules?
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You can go even further and compare how stars perform in different categories. Sports fans sometimes wonder why in hockey, in which individual athletes score fewer than a hundred games per season, 10 goals are scored. Top scorers have statistics comparable to those of footballers who play in a less scoring sport.
The answer to this riddle lies in the amount of playing time hockey players spend on the field. However, we will not delve into the details of the rules and features of the games, but will ask ourselves an unexpected question.
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Will Cristiano Ronaldo, who is already the top scorer in football history, be able to issue some kind of challenge not only to Lionel Messi, who is chasing him, but also to the greatest hockey player in history, Wayne Gretzky? The bookies spared no expense, offering odds on whether or not Cristiano would surpass Gretzky’s goalscoring record.
How far is Gretzky?
On account of the 38-year-old Portuguese, 838 goals, of which 123 were scored in the Portuguese team. Gretzky has 894 goals. To break his record, the Portuguese needs to reach the 895-goal mark, with 57 more goals to go. If Cristiano does this, he will play 1.40, and if not, 2.72.
How many goals does Ronaldo score in Saudi Arabia?
As you know, Ronaldo signed a very financially profitable contract with the Al-Nasr club from Saudi Arabia. After spending the second half of last season in El Riyadh, the Portuguese scored 14 goals in 19 games. All the goals occurred in 16 days of the national championship, in which Cristiano scored in every two games, including the author of a double, a hat-trick and poker.
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Ronaldo’s contract at Al Nasr runs until the summer of 2025. In the remaining two seasons, he must play at least 60 games in the national championship, not counting additional competitions. To reach 895 goals, Cristiano will have to maintain his goalscoring record from 2023 without missing a single game and continue playing for Portugal.
How much longer will Ronaldo play?
As you know, Cristiano is a man obsessed with his physical health, and age is less of a burden for him than for many other soccer stars. In addition, the Portuguese will not be relaxed by Lionel Messi, who is still behind in the scorer lists, but has two years of advantage.
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The championship level of Saudi Arabia is only growing. There is no doubt that Al-Nasr will also be reinforced to fight for the championship in the new season. Luis Castro, the Portuguese coach, who already had experience in Qatar, has already been announced.
Therefore, the historical mark of 895 goals is quite real for Ronaldo, but we have to wait at least two seasons. Of course, injuries or new challenges may intervene, which will return Cristiano to Europe. We have no doubt that the Portuguese can play even until he is 45 years old, so scoring 57 goals with him is a matter of time.
Tender: Cristiano Ronaldo (838 goals) will break Wayne Gretzky’s record (894 goals) for goals at 1.40.
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