Cristiano Ronaldo left Manchester United “by mutual agreement”. It comes in the background of an explosive interview he gave to Piers Morgan – published in the week before the World Cup. Considering that very few footballers have had their careers defined by numbers as much as Ronaldo, In numbers looks back on all the key figures from his second spell at Manchester United.
10 against 0
The titles Ronaldo had in his first stint at Manchester United versus the titles won in his second stint.
He also played 292 games and scored 118 goals in his first stint compared to 27 goals in 54 games the second time around.
0.64 versus 0.84
Ronaldo has improved with age in pure numbers. His goals per game before turning 30 was 0.64 while his goals per game after turning 30 is 0.84
However, a deeper dive shows that his numbers have fallen further since he passed 35. (He turns 38 next February.)
At 30: 58 goals @1.04
At 31: 54 goals at 0.94
At 32: 53 goals at 0.90
At 33: 49 goals at 0.91
At 34: 45 goals at 0.90
At 35: 40 goals at 0.83
At 36: 41 goals at 0.68
At 37: 15 goals @0.41
Ronaldo finished 20th in the Ballon d’Or rankings this year, his lowest finish since 2005 when he finished tied for 20th with Jamie Carragher.
30 out of 31
31 players from Europe’s top 5 leagues have made 100 (or more) shots in Europe’s top 5 leagues this season. The following figures indicate the drop in efficiency that affected Ronaldo in 2022/23.
Goals: 13 (26th out of 31)
xG: 16.97 (20th)
Shooting goals added: 4.83 (30th)
[Shooting Goals Added measures the quality of a player’s shots on target]
Conversion rate: 11% (27th)
Percentage on target: 32% (30th)
1 of 49
Since 2021, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored just one of 49 direct free kicks taken, which had a cumulative xG value of 3.05 (10 of 49 on target)
If Portugal do not make it out of the group stage, Ronaldo will have played a maximum of 44 games in 2022, which would be his fewest games played in a calendar year since he played just 36 games in 2022. 2003 for club and country. Ronaldo is on course to play his fewest minutes in a calendar year since 2004 and his fewest minutes per game since 2005.
Ronaldo’s 212 minutes per goal this year is also on course to be his highest since 2005 (309.2)
1.2 versus 2.0
Compare Manchester United numbers when Ronaldo starts and doesn’t start this season. [All stats compared to as When Starting vs When Not Starting]
Games: 10 against 11
Goals: 1.2 versus 2.0
xG: 1.7 versus 1.6
On target %: 31% against 44%
Conversion target: 7% versus 14%
Attack third recoveries: 4.2 versus 5.2
Average sequence time: 11.7 versus 8.6
% Forward pass: 29% versus 34%
Through completed bales: 0.8 versus 1.5
Of course, Ronaldo marked a milestone during this second spell at Manchester United: 700 club goals! We had broken down that number earlier, here.
So where will Ronaldo end up after the World Cup? Learn more here.
(Stats courtesy: ESPN Stats and Information Group)