Will Real Madrid miss Ronaldo in Europe?
September 19, 2018 -- Real Madrid, Champions League winners for the last three years, begin their latest quest for European silverware without superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo following his €112m summer transfer to Italian giants, Juventus. Real get their 2018-19 campaign underway against Roma at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
Since Ronaldo’s arrival at the beginning of the 2009-10 campaign, Real Madrid have scored 264 Champions League goals, with Ronaldo’s tally of 105 successful strikes accounting for almost 40% of the club’s total.
Karim Benzema, the only other player to have been at Real for all of Ronaldo’s nine seasons with the Spanish giants, is second on the goalscoring chart with 44 goals.
Real begin their campaign for a 14th European crown with no direct replacement for Ronaldo, who finished as top goalscorer in the Champions League in each of the last six successive seasons.