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Ronaldo beats Barca legends Xavi & Iniesta in career assists

Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez
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Another stunning Cristiano Ronaldo stat has come to light showing that he’s made more career assists than Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.

Cristiano Ronaldo is perhaps the greatest goal machine ever seen in the game. It doesn’t matter who the opposition is, he always delivers when it matters most for his team.

He even confessed once that there is no greater thrill in football for him than scoring goals in a match.

And even with his 35th birthday just around the corner, Ronaldo still gives defenders nightmares. He’s currently on a hot streak of 11 goals in seven Serie A games for Juventus.

That’s quite an achievement considering that the Serie A is the most difficult league to score goals in Europe.

One aspect of Ronaldo’s game that often doesn’t get the attention it deserves, though, is the ability to set-up his teammates. 

But GiveMeSport has taken a peek at the Portuguese’s career stats and discovered something very interesting.

With the player’s numbers for club and country combined, it turned out that Ronaldo has made 251 assists. 

This comfortably beats Xavi, who recorded 236 assists for Barcelona, Al Sadd and Spain throughout his career.

Iniesta, meanwhile, has clocked 179 assists for Barcelona, Vissel Kobe and Spain. Bear in mind, though, that the Spaniard is still playing football and can improve on these stats.

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Nonetheless, it’s an incredible feat for Ronaldo and proves he really is the full package.

Especially when you consider that Xavi and Iniesta were two of the finest playmakers of the last decade. They formed a brilliant midfield partnership and set-up Lionel Messi countless times.