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Why is Ronaldo named as “Mr Champions League”?

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Cristiano Ronaldo continues to reign his most favourite competition, and here’s why he is called “Mr Champions League”.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been called with a few nicknames throughout his glorious football career. The acronym that can be heard almost all the time is obviously “CR7”, which has also evolved into a brand name for all his products.

While his most loyal fans call him “GOAT”, his haters like to argue by the negative compliment “Penaldo”. In addition, you must have already heard names such as “the Portuguese ace”, “Ronnie”, “The Sultan of the Stepover”, “Cris” among others.

Yet there is another nickname that is used frequently by all the commentators, especially during the infamous Champions League tournament. Yes, “Mr Champions League”, that’s right. But why is he called by that specific name? Let’s have a look.

Why is Ronaldo called “Mr Champions League”?

It is as simple as black and white, Cristiano Ronaldo has had exceptional success in the competition, at both a club and individual level. The Portuguese superstar has lifted five Champions League trophies during his entire career. His first landed with Manchester United in 2007-08 before bagging four more during his stint at Real Madrid.

In addition, he has helped both teams achieve a great winning rate in the competition while breaking individual milestones. As a matter of truth, Ronaldo is the all-time leading goalscorer in the tournament ahead of his rival Lionel Messi. More so, Cristiano has also registered the most appearances, exceeding his former Blancos teammate Iker Casillas in 2021.

If you were unaware, Ronaldo scored 17 goals in the 2013-14 campaign which marks the record for scoring the most goals in the Champions League in a single season. Even more, he is the only player to bag goals in three different Champions League finals (2008, 2014, 2017) in the modern era.

In fact, winning the Champions League was the peak point for CR7 in his career, and we can say that he has lived up to his oath. If you really want to see the love that this man has for the competition, a video from 2017 showed him singing the Champions League anthem before one of Real Madrid’s matches.

There were others who were considered as “Mr Champions League”, one being Clarence Seedorf before the evolution of Ronaldo. He was given that name because of the fact that he had success with three different teams – Ajax, Real Madrid, and AC Milan. And then there was Leo Messi, who was regarded with the same degree by his club, Barcelona.

What are his Champions League records?

Cristiano Ronaldo has taken part in six tournament finals, and he has won five while losing just one. After his first triumph in 2007-08 with the Red Devils, he then went on to lift four more titles in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2018 with Real Madrid. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has racked over 180 appearances in the Champions League with 140 goals. And he still goes on!

Here is a list of his records in the competition.

  • All-time Champions League top scorer
  • Most Champions League appearances
  • Most goals in a single Champions League season (17 goals, 2013-14 season)
  • Most goals in the Champions League knockout phase
  • Only player to score in all six games in a Champions League group

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