Tottenham Hotspur have faced some titans over the years, both on the pitch and in the dugout.
Whether that be the attacking exploits of the Premier League‘s record goalscorer Alan Shearer or the tactical mastermind of former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson but it’s actually one of his old players that has proven to be the man that Spurs fear the most.
The sensational return cost around £18m last summer.
Indeed, now 37 years of age, it’s clear that the Portuguese colossus has still got it, particularly against Spurs.
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Those five goal contributions took his tally to an extraordinary 14 goals and five assists from 20 matches, and what is even more impressive is the fact that he has only been on the losing just once in that run, winning 14 of those encounters, as per Transfermarkt.
That’s a record of 0.95 G/A per game against Tottenham over a seven-season spell – even the record-holder, Shearer, who scored and assisted 27 goals in 35 outings versus Spurs couldn’t muster up such a rate, thus proving Ronaldo to be the biggest nemesis for the north London outfit over the years.
Ex-Spurs boss Jose Mourinho worked with the legendary talisman at the Bernabeu and put his talent amongst the best the world has ever seen.
“He is the best. The best in the world, yes. Probably the best ever. I saw Maradona a couple of times. I never saw Pele. But Cristiano is amazing,” the ‘Special One’ once claimed.
“This man is the best… Cristiano is a goals machine. He is an incredible player. He is like Zidane, there will never be another Ronaldo.”
It’s hard to argue otherwise as the 6 foot 2 marksman, who was also described as an “alien” by Portugual teammate Pepe, has delivered an astounding 699 goals from 941 domestic career appearances, which also includes 221 assists, via Transfermarkt.
Spurs play United next month and they must be wary of the 37-year-old’s record against them as no one has been more lethal when it comes to facing the Lilywhites.