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Cristiano Ronaldo a player out on his own - well, nearly

Ronaldo has scored 41 league goals this season - as many as he got last term when he set a Spanish league record. He is set to break it this term, with many of his goals this season of the sublime category.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 41 Primera Liga goals so far this season.
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 41 Primera Liga goals so far this season.

Praising Cristiano Ronaldo for his brilliance is as understated as saying that Pele could play a bit or U2 have box office potential.

Ronaldo, 27, is worth all that lavish praise because he is getting better and better.

He was a game changer at Manchester United and has improved since his record £80 million transfer in 2009, though Barcelona's dominance has seen him lift just one trophy with Real Madrid. He must curse that his time has coincided with Barca in their pomp, headed by a player we will try not to mention.

Ronaldo has scored 41 league goals this season - as many as he got last term when he set a Spanish league record. He is set to break it this term, with many of his goals this season of the sublime category, yet he still may not win the Pichichi for the league's top scorer as another player has 41, too.

Against Real's neighbours Atletico last week, Ronaldo scored three decisive goals as his side struggled to find a breakthrough and were in danger of seeing their lead at the top cut to two points. A match standing at 1-1 on 77 minutes became 4-1 on 90 with another Ronaldo hat-trick. If Real win the league then no player would have been more important than the Portuguese attacker.

He has scored 139 goals in 137 games for Real so far, a staggering statistic. He is the best player this millennium. Apart from Lionel Messi.

Did we nearly conclude a piece on Ronaldo without mentioning the Argentine?