Ronaldo, Messi set for UCL record

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Former Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez currently leads the European goal-scoring charts with 71 goals, yet with Ronaldo and Messi quickly closing in on that mark, it is more a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ the record will be broken.

The group stages of this year’s Champions League have reached Matchday 4, and with Ronaldo in action tonight against Liverpool, and Messi set to face Ajax Amsterdam tomorrow, KickOff.com compares the two global superstars’ impressive record against that of Raul, as they chase down the Spanish striker’s magical 71-goal haul.


RAUL GONZALEZ

Matches: 142
Goals: 71 (66 Real Madrid, 5 FC Schalke)
Goals per game: 0.50
Goals from open play: 70
Penalties: 1
Free-kicks: 0
Inside 18-yard area: 64
Outside 18-yard area: 7
Right-foot: 12
Left-foot: 44
Header: 15 (Other = 2)
Favourite opposition: 5 goals vs AS Roma

LIONEL MESSI

Matches: 89
Goals: 69 (All Barcelona)
Goals per game: 0.78
Goals from open play: 59
Penalties: 8
Free-kicks: 2
Inside 18-yard area: 59
Outside 18-yard area: 10
Right-foot: 8
Left-foot: 58
Header: 3
Favourite opposition: 8 goals vs AC Milan

CRISTIANO RONALDO

Matches: 106
Goals: 70 (55 Real Madrid, 15 Manchester United)
Goals per game: 0.66
Goals from open play: 54
Penalties: 7
Free-kicks: 9
Inside 18-yard area: 57
Outside 18-yard area: 13
Right-foot: 50
Left-foot: 11
Header: 9
Favourite opposition: 7 goals vs Ajax Amsterdam
*Statistics provided by Uefa.com

Who do you think will reach Raul’s milestone first?

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