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Ronaldo beats Barca legends Xavi & Iniesta in career assists

Andres Iniesta, Cristiano Ronaldo, 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 36th birthday less than three months away, Ronaldo still gives defenders nightmares. He’s currently on 10 goals in nine games across all competitions for Juventus this season, including eight in the Serie A.

That’s quite an achievement considering that the Italian league 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. 

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has registered 264 career assists for club (223) and country (41) according to stats from transfermarkt.

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

Iniesta, meanwhile, has clocked 186 assists for Barcelona, Vissel Kobe and Spain. Bear in mind, though, that the Spaniard is still playing football for in Japan and can improve on these stats yet.

Xavi, Iniesta
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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.

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