Cristiano Ronaldo has reached 50 goals in Italian football faster than some icons but who beats him

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He is used to topping the charts but Cristiano Ronaldo is No 2 in one particular ranking.

Ronaldo reached 50 goals for Juventus on Sunday in their 3-0 win over Fiorentina. It took the Portuguese forward just 70 matches to reach this landmark.

However, the 35-year-old isn’t the quickest to a half-century of goals in Italy. Sportsmail takes a look at who is, via a top 10.

10. GONZALO HIGUAIN (50 goals in 96 games)

The Argentine may be at Juventus now, but he reached his half-century of goals in Italy playing for Napoli. His 50th came via a penalty in a 4-2 win over Sampdoria in 2015.

Higuain became one of the most unstoppable strikers in Serie A at that time and his dominance in the position was highlighted when he won the Capocannoniere scoring title in the 2015-16 season with 36 total goals.

After a forgettable loan spell at Chelsea, he seems to have found his groove once again in Turin.

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring for Napoli during their win over Sampdoria in 2015

Gonzalo Higuain celebrates scoring for Napoli during their win over Sampdoria in 2015

9. ADRIANO (50 goals in 95 games)

The Brazilian powerhouse achieved the landmark via Inter, Fiorentina, Parma and again Inter.

Nicknamed ‘The Emperor’ there was a five-year stretch in the early 2000s where Adriano was considered one of the finest strikers in the world.

The 2004-05 season was considered the peak of his career as he finished with 42 goals for club and country before his decline began and a player once considered one of the best was a shadow of his former self.

Former Inter striker Adriano scored 50 goals in Italian football before his career faded away

Former Inter striker Adriano scored 50 goals in Italian football before his career faded away

8. EDIN DZEKO (50 goals in 92 games)

The former Manchester City striker scored 10 goals in his first year in Italy, then followed that up with 39 in his second. He scored his 50th for Roma at the start of his third campaign there – on August 26, 2017 against Inter.

He recently scored his 100th Roma goal in a defeat away at Sassuolo and the popular Bosnian looks to have found a home in the Italian capital.

Dzeko earned a Ballon d’Or nomination in his early days at Roma and has continued to be the star of the side ever since.

Edin Dzeko scored his 50th for Roma at the start of his third campaign there - vs Inter in 2017

Edin Dzeko scored his 50th for Roma at the start of his third campaign there – vs Inter in 2017

7. DAVID TREZEGUET (50 goals in 86 games)

He reached and surpassed the 50-mark with a hat-trick against Chievo Verona on January 19, 2003. He finished his career at Juventus on 171 goals.

Given Juventus have been blessed with some of the greatest players to ever play in Italy in Roberto Baggio, Zinedine Zidane, Michel Platini and Alessandro Del Piero, Trezeguet belongs in the same conversation as those stars.

One of the club’s most lethal penalty box finishers, Trezeguet was named 2001-02 Serie A Player of the Year in one of the highlights of his time in Turin.

Juventus legend David Trezeguet scored 50 goals in Italian football in just 86 matches

Juventus legend David Trezeguet scored 50 goals in Italian football in just 86 matches

6. GABRIEL BATISTUTA (50 goals in 85 games)

Scored 50 goals for Fiorentina – and did so by breaking a Serie A record too.

At the start of the 1994-95 season he scored in 11 straight league matches – breaking a record that was held by Bologna legend Ezio Pascutti (10 straight games) since 1962.

He became an icon for a generation and came third in the voting for FIFA Player of the Year in 1999 behind Rivaldo and David Beckham. Considered one of the most complete strikers to ever play in Italy.

Gabriel Batistuta was a ferocious striker and plundered 50 goals in 85 games for Fiorentina

Gabriel Batistuta was a ferocious striker and plundered 50 goals in 85 games for Fiorentina

5. MICHEL PLATINI (50 goals in 84 games)

The France playmaker scored his 50th goal in his second season with Juventus. He did so with a brace against local rivals Torino in the derby on February 26, 1984.

One of Juventus’ most decorated players having been crowned Serie A’s top scorer and European Player of the Year in each of the 1982–83, 1983–84, and 1984–85 seasons. 

Despite being a playmaker, his production was unrivalled for that three season stretch and his value rocketed. He finished in Turin with two Serie A titles, a European Cup winners’ medal and a European Super Cup winners’ medal.  

Michel Platini scored 50 goals in 84 games for Juventus - despite being more of a playmaker

Michel Platini scored 50 goals in 84 games for Juventus – despite being more of a playmaker

4. MARCO VAN BASTEN (50 goals in 83 games)

It surprisingly took the AC Milan legend three seasons to reach 50 goals but he never looked back once he reached the landmark. 

The Dutch forward did so with a penalty against Cesana on January 7, 1990. He ended his career with 125 goals in Italy.

While Van Basten started slowly he went on to become a superstar, winning the 1988-89 Ballon d’Or and was crowned Serie A top scorer in both the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons. Considered one of Milan’s greatest ever players.  

Marco van Basten ended his career with 125 goals in Italy - with his first 50 coming in 83 games

Marco van Basten ended his career with 125 goals in Italy – with his first 50 coming in 83 games

3. RONALDO (50 goals in 77 games)

Before Cristiano, there was R9. The Brazilian, who tore apart defences before injury robbed him of his explosiveness, scored his 50th goal in a 2-1 win against Piacenza on October 2, 1999 for Inter.

Inter paid a world record fee of £13.2m to Barcelona for him in 1997, months after he became the youngest ever winner of the FIFA World Player of the Year award.  

Hailed as the best striker on the planet after the conclusion of the 1998 World Cup, where he finished as a runner-up, before injuries triggered his decline. 

Remains the benchmark alongside Van Basten and Batistuta for any striker that emerges in Serie A. 

Brazilian icon Ronaldo scored his 50th goal in Italian football for Inter against Piacenza in 1999

Brazilian icon Ronaldo scored his 50th goal in Italian football for Inter against Piacenza in 1999

2. CRISTIANO RONALDO (50 goals in 70 games)

Back to Cristiano now. After joining Juventus last season, he scored 28 goals. To reach 50 goals, he did so with his second penalty against Fiorentina. 

He now has scored in nine straight Serie A games – a record he shares with the aforementioned Trezeguet. 

In Serie A games alone, Ronaldo has a staggering 40 goals in 50 matches. Monstrous. 

Cristiano Ronaldo reached the half-century mark with his second penalty against Fiorentina

Cristiano Ronaldo reached the half-century mark with his second penalty against Fiorentina

1. ANDRIY SHEVCHENKO (50 goals in 69 games)

The AC Milan icon is the one player who beats Cristiano Ronaldo in this list – reaching the 50 goal target by one game fewer.

The Ukrainian scored 29 goals in an extraordinary first season with the Italian giants. 

He then reached 50 in his second campaign by scoring a brace in a 3-2 win over Roma on January 21, 2001.

Shevchenko became Milan’s second highest all-time goalscorer in 2006, behind Gunnar Nordahl and ended his seven-year spell with Milan with 175 goals in 296 games.

Only Andriy Shevchenko has reached 50 goals quicker than Ronaldo, reaching it in 69 games

Only Andriy Shevchenko has reached 50 goals quicker than Ronaldo, reaching it in 69 games



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