After the final whistle of the first leg of the
Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo will have completed his 374th appearance with Real Madrid, drawing him level with the legendary Alfredo di Stefano.
The Portuguese continues making history, though it was in doubt during the summer when the player communicated to his closest friends and family that he was not at ease in Spain because of the problems he is having with the justice system and was planning to leave the club.
At least now Madrid’s star man will remain at the club for one more year – 365 days to enlarge his legend.
He has long been the top scorer at Real, overtaking Raul in 2015, having played only 203 games.
Before Sunday night’s kick-off, Ronaldo has 407 goals to his name, outnumbering Raul by 84 and Di Stefano, third in the list, by 100.
At the collective level, the Real Madrid of the 60s, led by Di Stefano, continues to be the best Los Blancos side in history.
In the 13 seasons played by the Spanish-Argentinian, Real won a total of 17 titles, including eight leagues and five European cups, which were also achieved consecutively.
They were the best both in Europe and in the world.
Something similar is happening with Ronaldo’s Madrid and in nine seasons, he has won 13 titles, most of them in the last five years.
His goals have been a big part of all these successes, especially in Europe, where he has been Champions League top scorer for five seasons, and the top scorer in the competitions history with 106 goals – 90 as a Real Madrid player.
Di Stefano could not stand out in that tournament because despite being the clear dominators of the time, it was a competition much shorter than it is today.