CRISTIANO RONALDO has moved up to 17th on Manchester United’s all-time leading goalscorers list after his strike against West Ham.
The Portugal skipper, 36, now has 122 goals for the Red Devils, placing him ahead of legendary striker Andy Cole.
Ronaldo has four goals in three appearances since his return to Old Trafford and could break into the top ten this season.
Four goals ahead of him on the list is his BOSS Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who found the back of the net 126 times during his playing days.
Man Utd’s 15th highest scorer is Scot Brian McClair, who hit 127 goals to help Sir Alex Ferguson’s team win 14 trophies during the nineties.
Ronaldo is also expected to surpass 131-goal icon Tommy Taylor, who sadly lost his life in the Munich air disaster.
But the Portuguese needs another 23 goals if he wants to match European Cup-winning striker David Herd before the end of the season.
On 148 goals is Stan Pearson, who played for Man Utd between 1936 and 1954, and Dutch icon Ruud van Nistelrooy has 150 to his name.
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Perhaps Ronaldo’s biggest challenge is surpassing Paul Scholes’ total of 155 and breaking into the top ten.
Although the ex-Juventus star is unlikely to achieve that this season, he is expected to get over the line by the time his contract expires in June 2022.
One man Ronaldo will struggle to surpass during his second spell at Man Utd is record scorer Wayne Rooney, who hit 253 GOALS for the club.
Even if the Real Madrid legend enjoys four 30-goal campaigns at Old Trafford, he will still be 15 shy of Rooney’s incredible record.
Ronaldo’s next chance to close the gap on Solskjaer will be in the Premier League against Aston Villa at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon.
Man Utd will be looking to bounce back after suffering a shock home defeat to West Ham in the League Cup on Wednesday evening.
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