Cristiano scored 31 goals in the league that season.
That in itself is fucken incredible. Thats more than rvn/drogba/henry, hell, it's more goals in the league than 99% of strikers whoever played in the prem got.. and hes not even a striker. It all comes down to, do we rate attack based on independently from other stats? I believe so. It's the danger/potency posses in spite of their incredible stats or lack thereof. Though I don't like the idea suarez stats being so eclipsed by others, but he will be on red soon.. so
About the set... I'd agree with everything. Mostly seem him around those values from what I've seen/remember.
i just can't help thinking of this guy's all around danger though. he's got the speed of henry. he's got the hops of drogba. and he's better at headering then either. he's aggressive as hell, has crazy shot power, free kick technique, and will shoot continuously. at this period he even still had elite dribbling ability and agility. that's an unreal package.
when i think of his danger in spite of his incredible stats or lack thereof, i'm not sure i'm so impressed. 1 goal for the nt that season. struggled against quality teams and lockdown fullbacks like cole. wasn't this uncontainable genius, he was a uncontainable BEAST. and i think the beast part is well communicated in this thread.
This current day ronaldo is alot smarter at using his runs and behaviour, and even compared to 08 ronaldo, blows his 08 numbers away with his current productions. he's got something like 66 goals on the year since 2013 began, 16 goals in 13 games, 8 goals in 4 games in the champions league so far (WTF?), 24 goals total so far in this season. That's unreal. how do you find a relativity between that attacking prowess and this 2007 version? one that is coherent? i have theories, but haven't sufficiently investigated him. i'll just say putting him on reds already not only makes me uncomfortable on the basis of what he actually did on the field, but also on the basis of how much better his numbers have become since that point, and how little room there is to really communicate this growth of dangerousness. Alot of the goals i witnessed from the vs vids were simple tap ins or headers. Nothing complicated, just ronaldo couldn't be matched for pace or for jump, and got the openings to poach. Like i said, with rooney, tevez, carrick and scholes sharing your load, dominating and racking tonnes of goals against fodder mid-to-relegation battle teams is not difficult imo.
and what's with the 19 goals the next season? What's with his usually subdued and very average NT goals productions?
i don't get that. i'm very wary of his att value being inflated.
shearer matches him at the record with 31 goals anyways as well.
i don't mind a red att, but i've certainly got my questions and conflicts about it. i don't think it's necessary.
edit: re ds: yeah that bothered me, but i just didn't see the overwhelming evidence for red ds? and my thought is, at this point he was still focused on tight control, and did try to exert influence or show prowess through individual dribbling. But he couldn't really dribble with tight control at red ds level, he didn't push himself to that level. It was there but he just tried to keep dribbling at close control, even though he couldn't really keep the ball at close control at the same insane speeds as before.
dunno just what i felt about it.
i don't mind red ds but i didn't really see the full justification for such a value from what i saw.
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