Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more headed goals than any other attacker since the 2009/10 season, according to his illustrious record.
Ronaldo scored his second hat-trick for the Red Devils, his first coming in a 6-0 win over Newcastle in 2008.
Ronaldo has scored 66 headers in 414 appearances in Europe’s top divisions since the start of the 2009 season.
That works out to 0.16 headed goals per game.
“Tremendously thrilled with my first hat-trick since I returned to Old Trafford!” Ronaldo remarked after his hat-trick.
“Nothing beats the feeling of being back on the pitch and help the team with goals and effort.
“We’ve proven once again that we can beat any team in any given day, as long as we work hard and stand together as one.
“There are no limits for Man Utd! Whatever the case may be! Devils, let’s go!”
His next rival is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has 48 headers in the same time period.
Ronaldo’s passion to be the best at what he does has never been concealed. After receiving yet another Guinness World Record in September 2021, the Portuguese striker stated his desire to break more milestones, adding, “It’s always fantastic to be recognised as a record-breaker.” Let us continue to try to raise the bar.”
Since the turn of the millennium, Ronaldo has scored more headers than any other player in world football. The frightening part is that no one else even comes close to the 36-year-old. Luuk De Jong ranks second, but he is still 32 headed goals behind Ronaldo.
Peter Crouch, the Premier League’s all-time leading header of the ball, is ranked 13th with 56 goals, one behind Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani.
110 goals with his head since the year 2000 is an astounding feat, something which will not be broken any time soon!
But there are some even more incredible statistics underlying Ronaldo’s flying jumps.
In a match against Sampdoria in 2019, Ronaldo soared 71cm off the ground, achieving a height of more than two and a half meters. To put those figures into context, the typical NBA player is said to jump around 71cm from the ground… That’s not terrible for a footballer!
Former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino has explained in the past what makes the men’s all-time top goalscorer so good at headers.
“The 34-year-old Portuguese has taken heading to a new level and has mastered so many different types of header when most players are lucky to be good at one or two,” Cascarino said.
“Ronaldo’s heading is like a perfect golf swing, everything is working in tandem, and when it all clicks there is little you can do to stop him.”