There can be no denying that Cristiano Ronaldo is a goalscoring machine, a winning machine and a record breaking machine that has taken him close to Ferenc Puskas’ record of 84 international goals.

He has 81 so far for Portugal and that has left the likes of David Villa, Miroslav Klose, Pele, Didier Drogba and Robbie Keane behind.

But there is a wall for the captain of his country, his record is woeful against sides that have won the World Cup, failing to do so against seven of the eight champions and never having played against Uruguay.

In 22 games against those seven sides, he has scored just once in February 2011 against Argentina when Lionel Messi’s last minute penalty would win the tie anyway.

Against Spain, Germany, France (four times each), England, Brazil (three times each), Italy (twice) and Argentina (one other meeting).

In Sochi on Friday, Cristiano will play against Spain for a fifth time, having won twice and lost twice before.

The first head to head came in 2004 in the European Championship on home turf, giving his side a 1-0 win, the same scoreline that Spain would win by the next time they met six years later in a World Cup last 16 tie.

The same year, Portugal got revenge with a friendly win as Cristiano saw a goal ruled out as Nani touched the ball as it crossed the line whilst offside, though replays showed that the ball had already gone over the white line.

Two years later, the derby returned in the semi-finals of the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine with penalties deciding the tie after a late miss from Ronaldo, and Sergio Ramos memorably scored a Panenka.

“What an injustice, what an injustice!” were Cristiano’s famous words as Cesc Fabregas scored the deciding goal in the shoot-out.

Sweden are the country the Real Madrid man has scored against most frequently, but his statistics are remarkable, scoring in 56 of his 156 international games, winning 47 of those ties.

Only five times have Portugal failed to win after Cristiano Ronaldo scored.

Yet in three World Cups, he has scored just three goals: against Iran in 2006, North Korea in 2010 and the US in 2014.



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