Tonight the lethal attacking force that is Cristiano Ronaldo will run onto the pitch in the Benito Villamarín stadium as Real Madrid's top scorer away from home this century. He currently has 56 away goals to his name, six more than Raúl, who scored 50. This season he already has six goals away from home, half of the total number of goals scored by the whole team.
This campaign, he has the same number of goals home and away (six), following the same pattern as last season: 23 goals at the Bernabéu and 23 on the road (45% of the total number of goals - 51- scored by 'los blancos'). On top of that, in his first year at the club (2009-2010) his goal tally was also symmetrical: 13 on home soil and 13 away.
The Portuguese striker almost has a goal a game away from Chamartín: 56 in 57 games (0.98 per game), with this marksmanship on 'hostile grounds' bringing the team 32 points.
In just three league campaigns, and this one so far, Cristiano has moved into the top ten of Madrid's greatest scorers away from home. He has the same number as Puskas in only half the number of seasons, and if he manages to repeat the two goals he scored in the Villamarín last season, he will equal Butragueño, who scored 58 in 12 seasons. Nevertheless, he is still some distance away from Raúl's 87 goals in 16 seasons and Di Stéfano's 71 in 11.
La Liga in the 21st century
In La Liga as a whole, Cristiano is fifth on the list of top scorers away from home, behind Messi (83 in nine campaigns), Eto'o (70 in ten), Forlán (62 in seven) and Villa (60 in ten). Since Ronaldo has been playing in Spain Messi has scored 61. However, in the average number of goals per season Madrid's star striker is ahead of 'La Pulga', averaging 14 goals per season as opposed to Messi's 9.2...