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Real Madrid v Manchester United: Ruud van Nistelrooy says match will be decided by Cristiano Ronaldo or Robin van Persie

United v Real No, it's Ronaldo against Van Persie, insists legend Van Nistelrooy

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Graeme Yorke

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16:57 GMT, 8 February 2013

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UPDATED:

17:25 GMT, 8 February 2013

Ruud van Nistelrooy believes the respective performances of Robin van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo will be key to the outcome of the Champions League last-16 showdown between his former clubs Manchester United and Real Madrid.

Van Nistelrooy, who spent five years at United before moving to Madrid in 2006 for a four-year spell at the Bernabeu, finds it impossible to pick a favourite between the two European superpowers and believes the tie will be settled by the 'smallest details'.

To that end he has singled out United hitman Van Persie and Madrid's former Old Trafford forward Ronaldo as the deciding factors.

Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo

Deadly: Robin van Persie

Star men: Cristiano Ronaldo (left) or Robin van Persie could decide the Champions League tie

'For me the difference will be the form of Cristiano and Van Persie. I think that one of these two players will make the difference,' Van Nistelrooy told Marca.

'Both teams are doing very well. I think Madrid have improved a lot in recent weeks. Taking away the Granada game (1-0 loss) I see a strong team, who played very well against Barca and who show their best in the big games.

'I think the tie will be decided by the smallest details.'

Split loyalty Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006

Split loyalty Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006

Split loyalty Ruud van Nistelrooy left Manchester United for Real Madrid in 2006

What about me Wayne Rooney, who scored for England this week, has found a run of form

What about me Wayne Rooney, who scored for England this week, has found a run of form

The 36-year-old Dutchman feels Madrid, who are looking for a record 10th European Cup crown, boast more quality than Sir Alex Ferguson's side but has warned the Spanish giants that United's 'lethal' strikeforce of Van Persie and Wayne Rooney will take some stopping.

'I think they (Madrid) have more quality on the pitch. But United win and win every week. They trail 2-0 and fight back, they go 1-0 up and control the game.

'United are very much a team. They defend all together and then play for Van Persie and Rooney.

'Madrid, due to injuries, have not been able to create such a solid group and be able to repeat the same team every week.

'Pepe and Marcelo have been injured, (Gonzalo) Higuain and (Karim) Benzema haven't been doing well, (Angel) Di Maria doesn't always play…The injury to Iker (Casillas) doesn't help either because he's always there and very experienced.

Clinical: Ronaldo has an incredible scoring record for Real Madrid, who he joined for 82million from Manchester United

Clinical: Ronaldo has an incredible scoring record for Real Madrid, who he joined for 82million from Manchester United

The difference: Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini believe the addition of Van Persie has propelled United to the top

The difference: Both Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini believe the addition of Van Persie has propelled United to the top

'It will be a very interesting game.'

Asked what Madrid need to fear, Van Nistelrooy said: 'United don't need many chances to score. Give one to Van Persie and Rooney and it's going in. They don't miss. And the problem is that they always create something.

'They are a lethal pair.'

The first leg takes place at the Bernabeu on Wednesday.

Returning hero: Ronaldo will play against his former club for the first time since leaving in 2009

Returning hero: Ronaldo will play against his former club for the first time since leaving in 2009

Manchester United 1 West Ham 0 – match report

Manchester United 1 West Ham 0: Reliant Robin blasts out the blocks to keep United top

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22:02 GMT, 28 November 2012

Robin van Persie struck after 33 seconds as Manchester United edged past West Ham at Old Trafford.

But it turned into a nervy evening for the Barclays Premier League leaders, who were well below their best.

And whilst the visitors were not exactly on top form either on a bitterly cold evening, they came close to snatching a point late on, when Anders Lindegaard denied Carlton Cole from close range.

Quick out the blocks: Robin van Persie took less than a minute to get what proved to be the winner

Quick out the blocks: Robin van Persie took less than a minute to get what proved to be the winner

Quick out the blocks: Robin van Persie took less than a minute to get what proved to be the winner
Match facts

MAN UNITED: Lindegaard; Rafael, Evra, Evans, Smalling; Anderson (Jones 84), Carrick, Cleverley (Young 66); Rooney (Welbeck 78), Hernandez, Van Persie Subs not used: De Gea, Ferdinand, Buttner, Fletcher

Booked: Carrick

Goals: Van Persie 1

WEST HAM: Jaaskelainen; Reid, Tomkins, O'Brien, Collins, Demel; Nolan, Jarvis (Maiga 70), Taylor; Diame (O'Neil 76); Carroll (Cole 62) Subs not used: Spiegel, Spence, Moncur, Lletget

Booked: Nolan

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On his return to Old Trafford last
Friday for the first time since he was bombed out by Sir Alex Ferguson
six years ago, Ruud van Nistelrooy declared his hope that Van Persie
would eventually eclipse his United career.

As Van Nistelrooy scored 150 times in
five seasons with the Red Devils, Van Persie evidently has some way to
go. He could hardly have made a better start though.

The 29-year-old's 12th goal came in
his 18th game, one fewer than Van Nistelrooy managed it in following his
arrival from PSV Eindhoven. And any latecomers missed it.

With a side lacking any orthodox
wingers, Van Persie checked inside from the left flank, then made his
way to the edge of the area as Michael Carrick exchanged passes with
Anderson.

Van Persie swivelled past Winston
Reid as he collected Carrick's forward pass, then profited from James
Collins' desperate attempt to block, which only sent the ball looping
over Jussi Jaaskelainen and into the net.

Battle: There was precious little by way of quality on show, but plenty of fight from all involved

Battle: There was precious little by way of quality on show, but plenty of fight from all involved

Battle: There was precious little by way of quality on show, but plenty of fight from all involved

Battle: There was precious little by way of quality on show, but plenty of fight from all involved

Beaten 7-1 by Blackburn on his last visit here two years ago, Sam Allardyce must have feared the worst.

Evidently though, his team is far more durable that the poor QPR outfit that came north on Saturday.

Skipper Kevin Nolan turned Matt
Taylor's low corner into the side-netting before Andy Carroll smashed a
volley not that far over Lindegaard's goal.

As anticipated, Anderson's
introduction for only his second Premier League start of the season
provided the hosts with momentum from midfield.

The lack of width was clear though
and, judging by a couple of woeful left-footed attempts that went well
wide, Anderson is one of the few Brazilians who is no good at shooting.

Head for heights: Anders Lindegaard, preferred to David de Gea again, coped well

Head for heights: Anders Lindegaard, preferred to David de Gea again, coped well

Samba style: Anderson couldn't quite replicate his match-saving performance of Saturday

Samba style: Anderson couldn't quite replicate his match-saving performance of Saturday

Javier Hernandez screwed a shot wide
for the hosts and the Mexican was responsible for the only other decent
chance in the opening period, when Jaaskelainen turned the Mexican's
shot from the edge of the area around a post.

Once again anchored in midfield, it was one of those nights when Wayne Rooney struggled on the periphery of proceedings.

He did manage to drive over from 20 yards after taking Jonny Evans' short pass but it was a rare threat to the West Ham defence.

However, it was not until he took aim
with a curling shot from the edge of the area did Rooney really become a
central figure as Jaaskelainen tipped it round.

The Finn pushed away Carrick's flick
on from the corner, then, as Chris Smalling tried to scramble home,
Nolan kept his nerve to clear from a tricky spot.

Ashley Young's arrival did little to
relieve the general feeling of lethargy though and West Ham began to
sense they could snatch something.

Forcing the issue: Wayne Rooney was his usual lung-busting self, but couldn't get on the scoresheet

Forcing the issue: Wayne Rooney was his usual lung-busting self, but couldn't get on the scoresheet

Forcing the issue: Wayne Rooney was his usual lung-busting self, but couldn't get on the scoresheet

Carroll's exit may have gone down
well with the home faithful but it only meant Carlton Cole could take
advantage of the softening up process of the home defence.

And when Ryan Taylor screwed the striker's knockdown wide, his reaction was an indication of what a good chance it had been.

Rooney's departure 14 minutes from
time was not unexpected. The fact the first job for his replacement,
Danny Welbeck, was to clear behind from inside his own six-yard box was
further proof of what a nervy evening it had become.

Anderson's signal to the bench that
he needed to come off was not a good sign and before Phil Jones could
replace him, Cole came agonisingly close to levelling Anders Lindegaard
turned away his five-yard effort.

It was as near as the visitors came,
even though United hardly made it easy for themselves with their sloppy
defending in the final minutes.

Ruud van Nistelrooy hopes Robin van Persie can match his Manchester United goal tally

Man United legend Van Nistelrooy hoping compatriot RVP can match his goal tally

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00:40 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ruud van Nistelrooy would be delighted if Robin van Persie went on to match his amazing goalscoring feats for Manchester United.

Van Nistelrooy returned to Old Trafford on Friday for the unveiling of Sir Alex Ferguson's statue.

It ended a feud with the Manchester United boss that had rumbled on since 2006, when Ferguson turfed Van Nistelrooy out, believing the striker had become a negative influence in the dressing room.

Go for it! Ruud van Nistelrooy wants Robin van Persie to follow in his footsteps

Go for it! Ruud van Nistelrooy wants Robin van Persie to follow in his footsteps

However, such treatment should not be allowed to obscure the staggering number of goals Van Nistelrooy scored for United.

In five full seasons with the Red Devils, Van Nistelrooy scored an incredible 150 goals, including 44 in the 2002-03 Premier League title-winning season, a figure even Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to match.

Although he has now slipped to 11th on the all-time United scoring charts, amongst the leading scorers only Tommy Taylor had a better goals per game ratio.

Little wonder he is still regarded with such affection by the United faithful and the template for which any new striker is judged by.

But Van Nistelrooy is not one of those who wants their achievements to last forever.

And he would be delighted if Van Persie was the player to improve them.

'I hope he gets as many as me,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'That would be a good thing.

'I had my time. That has gone now and others have taken over. I really hope he does it.'

And whilst it is early days, Van Persie is presently ahead of schedule.

The former Arsenal man has 11 goals from his first 17 appearances, two fewer than it took Van Nistelrooy to reach the same figure, and that is despite a three-game barren streak, the longest of his United career so far, since his well-taken effort in Braga at the beginning of the month.

Good start: Van Persie has already begun to pay back his 24m fee

Good start: Van Persie has already begun to pay back his 24m fee

'Robin's style fits United so well,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'The way he wants to play, the way he likes to play.

'He has been a great success and he will continue for a good while.'

Though Ferguson has dismissed similarities over their playing style, there is one thing Van Nistelrooy and his former international team-mate have in common.

The settling-in process at Old Trafford has taken no time.

Van Nistelrooy already knew how keenly Ferguson wanted him at United by the manner in which he kept in touch when the forward's initial move from PSV Eindhoven was scrapped due to a knee injury.

Reap the benefit: Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to rely on the goal machines

Reap the benefit: Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to rely on the goal machines

And this summer, once it became obvious Van Persie was serious about his desire to leave Arsenal, Ferguson made it clear he saw the 29-year-old as an essential member of his squad.

'It is amazing to have a start like Robin has done,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'It is like he has always played for the club.

'He didn't need any time to settle in. He was straight on his level, scoring important goals and winning games for the team. I spoke to him before. He feels very good at United.

'But that is the feeling you get when you come here. You feel part of something. You feel part of the family and of a tradition.

'I felt like that. It sounds crazy now I know more about the club but that is what the manager does.

'He makes you feel strong and gets the best out of people. You just want to go out and perform. Robin is doing that now.'

Sir Alex Ferguson statue unveiled at Old Trafford

The Emperor of Old Trafford… Ferguson's used to silverware but here he is immortalised in bronze. And even Manchester United's fiercest critics have to admit his 9ft statue is impressive

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15:39 GMT, 23 November 2012

The statue of Sir Alex Ferguson has been unveiled in a ceremony to honour the Manchester United manager outside their Old Trafford home.

The nine-foot bronze statue was unveiled by Sir Alex's wife Lady Cathy Ferguson. 'He's scared of her,' said the club's chief executive David Gill.

'Normally people die before they see their statue,' said Ferguson. 'I'm outliving death.' The 70-year-old added: 'This is a really proud moment.'

New: Lady Cathy Ferguson unveiled the bronze statue of her husband Sir Alex at Old Trafford, and (below) the words on the plaque

New: Lady Cathy Ferguson unveiled the bronze statue of her husband Sir Alex at Old Trafford, and (below) the words on the plaque

There you go! Fergie looks on with delight as the covers come off his giant statue outside Old Trafford

There you go! Fergie looks on with delight as the covers come off his giant statue outside Old Trafford

New: Lady Cathy Ferguson unveiled the bronze statue of her husband Sir Alex at Old Trafford, and (below) the words on the plaque

Speaking out: Fergie gives his verdict to the crowd

Pointing the way: Ferguson with his wife Cathy

Pointing the way: Fergie gives his verdict to the crowd gathered at Old Trafford alongside his wife Cathy

Regarding his wife, Ferguson said:
'Someone has to control me and she is the only one who can. Every
Saturday morning she's said she will come down and bow to the statue.'

The United manager is the centre of attention as the club celebrate his 26 years in charge.

Eric
Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy were among the most notable guests
at the unveiling of a statue in honour of Ferguson. United commissioned award-winning
sculptor Philip Jackson to create the statue which has been placed outside the stand that already bears Ferguson's name.

Standing tall: The statue of Ferguson has a prime spot outside the stands named after the manager

Standing tall: The statue of Ferguson has a prime spot outside the stands named after the manager

Immortalised: The statue up close

Immortalised: The statue up close

Immortalised: The statue up close outside Old Trafford dedicated to the manager

FIFA president Sepp Blatter and former United players Cristiano Ronaldo and David Beckham were among those not present at the unveiling who sent a pre-recorded message.

'He is unique because he has put a high standard to his club his players and also to himself,' Blatter said. 'I was so happy that I had the opportunity to bestow him with the FIFA President's award and he was happy to receive it. I am proud and I wish him well in the future to him and his family and the club Manchester United. Thank you, Sir Alex.'

David beckham

Sir Alex Ferguson

Video message: David Beckham spoke ahead of the presentation with Ferguson (right) and former United players Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Eric Cantona (below)

Eric Cantona

Ronaldo added: 'You 100 per cent deserve this with what you have done. I wish to be there with you but my schedule is busy with games as you know. I hope to see you soon because I need to practice my English and not my Scottish. Thanks boss. All the best to you.'

Beckham added: 'Sorry I can't be there for this amazing day. My time at Manchester United was without doubt the best of my career and I cherish those moments.'

Ferguson's whopping trophy haul is this – 12 Premier League trophies, two Champions League trophies, five FA Cups and four League Cups. It is a dramatic reminder of his unrivalled success at United as he enters the finals years of his reign.

Side view: Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy were among the most notable guests at the unveiling of a statue in honour of Ferguson

Side view: Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy were among the most notable guests at the unveiling of a statue in honour of Ferguson

In support: United supporters braved the inclement weather at Old Trafford to see the new statue of Ferguson

In support: United supporters braved the inclement weather at Old Trafford to see the new statue of Ferguson

Almost ready: The Sir Alex Ferguson statue was lowered into place on Thursday outside Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium

Almost ready: The Sir Alex Ferguson statue was lowered into place on Thursday outside Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium

Final countdown: Fergie statue

Final countdown: Fergie statue

His longevity at Old Trafford is encapsulated by the guests who were in attendance.

In addition to Cantona, who signed for United almost 20 years ago in probably the most astute transfer of Ferguson's 26-year reign, and Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in five seasons but has never been back to the club since he was sensationally jettisoned in 2006, Ferguson's first captain, Bryan Robson, was there, plus Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored that famous injury-time match-winner in the 1999 Champions League final.

United's entire first-team squad were also be present, as was England coach and long-time Red Devil Gary Neville.

Fergie 37… The Rest 31: How he squares up against his current Premier League rivals…

Arsene Wenger 11… Premier League (3), FA Cup (4), Community Shield (4)

Martin O’Neill 5… League Cup (2), FA Trophy (2), Football Conference (1)

Rafa Benitez 4… Champions League (1), FA Cup (1), UEFA Super Cup (1), Community Shield (1)

Roberto Mancini 3… Premier League (1), FA Cup (1), Community Shield (1)

Chris Hughton 1 (Championship)

Brian McDermott 1 (Championship)

Nigel Adkins 1 (League One)

Paul Lambert 1 (League One)

Roberto Martinez 1 (League One)

David Moyes 1 (Second Division)

Sam Allardyce 1 (Third Division)

Alan Pardew 1 (Football League Trophy)

0 Martin Jol, Brendan Rodgers, Mark Hughes, Tony Pulis, Michael Laudrup, Andre Villas-Boas, Steve Clarke

Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured below with Eric Cantona in 1996, has won 37 trophies – Premier League (12), Champions League (2), FA Cup (5), League Cup (4), Community Shield (10), UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup (1), UEFA Super Cup (1), Intercontinental Cup (1), FIFA Club World Cup (1)

Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona in 1996

Alex Ferguson mural to be hung at Manchester United"s Old Trafford stadium

Revealed: The Fergie mural of success that will greet you at Old Trafford (and what it looks like to have won 37 trophies)

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11:37 GMT, 23 November 2012

This is the giant Sir Alex Ferguson mural that will greet Manchester United fans when they enter Old Trafford.

Surrounded by his incredible haul of 37 trophies, Ferguson holds his arms out wide in a show of his dominance of English football.

Tribute: This mural will hang in the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand at Old Trafford to celebrate his unrivalled success

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The 70-year-old, who will have his own statue unveiled outside Old Trafford at 2pm today, is the centre of attention as the club celebrate his 26 years in charge.

The giant mural will be hung across the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and will be glimpsed by fans for the first time at tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League clash with QPR.

It will be displayed on the concourse as fans pass through the turnstiles at the stadium.

His whopping trophy haul is this – 12 Premier League trophies, two Champions League trophies, five FA Cups and four League Cups.

It is a dramatic reminder of his unrivalled success at United as he enters the finals years of his reign.

Eric Cantona and Ruud van Nistelrooy will be amongst the most notable guests at the unveiling of a statue in honour of Ferguson.

United commissioned award-winning sculptor Philip Jackson to create the nine-foot bronze statue which will be placed outside the stand that already bears Ferguson's name.

The precise details of the statue are yet to be revealed but Ferguson recently inspected it himself and declared himself satisfied.

His longevity at Old Trafford is encapsulated by the guests who will be in attendance.

In addition to Cantona, who signed for United almost 20 years ago in probably the most astute transfer of Ferguson's 26-year reign, and Van Nistelrooy, who scored 150 goals in five seasons but has never been back to the club since he was sensationally jettisoned in 2006, Ferguson's first captain, Bryan Robson, will be there, plus Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored that famous injury-time match-winner in the 1999 Champions League final.

United's entire first-team squad will also be present, as will England coach and long-time Red Devil Gary Neville.

Fergie 37… The Rest 31: How he squares up against his current Premier League rivals…

Arsene Wenger 11… Premier League (3), FA Cup (4), Community Shield (4)

Martin O’Neill 5… League Cup (2), FA Trophy (2), Football Conference (1)

Rafa Benitez 4… Champions League (1), FA Cup (1), UEFA Super Cup (1), Community Shield (1)

Roberto Mancini 3… Premier League (1), FA Cup (1), Community Shield (1)

Chris Hughton 1 (Championship)

Brian McDermott 1 (Championship)

Nigel Adkins 1 (League One)

Paul Lambert 1 (League One)

Roberto Martinez 1 (League One)

David Moyes 1 (Second Division)

Sam Allardyce 1 (Third Division)

Alan Pardew 1 (Football League Trophy)

0 Martin Jol, Brendan Rodgers, Mark Hughes, Tony Pulis, Michael Laudrup, Andre Villas-Boas, Steve Clarke

Sir Alex Ferguson, pictured below with Eric Cantona in 1996, has won 37 trophies – Premier League x 12, Champions League x 2, FA Cup x5, League Cup x 4, Community Shield x 10, UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup, FIFA Club World Cup)

Alex Ferguson and Eric Cantona in 1996

Robin van Persie can be Old Trafford great, says Patrice Evra

Van Persie can be an Old Trafford great like Van Nistelrooy, says Evra

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22:33 GMT, 4 November 2012

Top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time this season, Manchester United could even afford to express some disappointment that they hadn’t put Arsenal away by a greater margin on Saturday lunchtime.

‘If you could see our dressing room, you would think we had lost,’ said Rio Ferdinand.

The United defender had a point. Rarely will United be so superior to Arsenal and only win by one goal. Nevertheless, the presence of Robin van Persie in the United team looks increasingly significant.

Dutch of class: Van Persie has made a flying start to his United career

Dutch of class: Van Persie has made a flying start to his United career

The former Arsenal captain now has 10 goals to his name this season and the comparisons with the great and the good of United folklore have started already.

After Saturday’s game United captain Patrice Evra said: ‘Everyone knows what a great player he was at Arsenal, but it is never easy to play against your old team-mates.

‘People can now see that Robin is strong mentally. He seems like he has played for us for many years and he reminds me of Ruud van Nistelrooy. I hope he can keep going because he can be one of the best, just like Ruud.

‘I played with Ruud when I signed for United and I remember what a great player he was. They are both Dutch but it’s more than that. They have the same class and touch when you pass the ball to them.

Goal machine: Van Nistelrooy left United in 2006

Goal machine: Van Nistelrooy left United in 2006

‘(Robin) has started so well and I just hope he can keep going because, at United, you have to do that in every game.’

Booed rather predictably by Arsenal’s supporters on Saturday, Van Persie scored in the third minute but chose not to celebrate. Ferdinand said:

‘These games go one of two ways against your old club. You either get a goal, play well and win or have an absolute beast, get sent off and lose.

‘It was good to see Robin get on the scoresheet. He is a natural goalscorer and long may that continue. He showed a bit more class not celebrating than their fans showed to him.’

Cristiano Ronaldo – the numbers

After back-to-back hat-tricks, hotshot Ronaldo now has Barcelona in his sights

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21:59 GMT, 5 October 2012

Since Cristiano Ronaldo made his Champions League debut, only Lionel Messi has scored more goals in the competition.

Most league goals since 2003-04

Lionel Messi 53
Cristiano Ronaldo 42
Didier Drogba 39
Raul 28
Karim Benzema 28
Kaka 27
Samuel Eto’o 26
Wayne Rooney 26
Ruud van Nistelrooy 26

Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo has been in brilliant form - as always - this season

Star man: Cristiano Ronaldo has been in brilliant form – as always – this season

Nobody in the top European leagues has scored more goals than Ronaldo domestically since he joined United in 2003.

Champions league goals since 2003-04

Cristiano Ronaldo 202
Lionel Messi 175
David Villa 165
Samuel Eto’o 157
Zlatan Ibrahimovic 145
Antonio Di Natale 142
Alberto Gilardino 140
Wayne Rooney 138
Francesco Totti 138
Fernando Torres 137

Full package: The Real Madrid man scores with both feet and even his head

Full package: The Real Madrid man scores with both feet and even his head

Ronaldo has scored 118 goals in 107 league games for Real Madrid, giving him a goals-per-game ratio of 1.1. In the Champions League, his goals-per-game record is 0.9.

24.38mph The top sprinting speed Ronaldo has recorded – pretty nippy, as Usain Bolt’s top speed is not a lot faster at 27.44.

Fernando Torres: Juan Mata and Eden Hazard must help him fire Chelsea to title

Torres targets another Champions League triumph AND Premier League glory this term

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18:47 GMT, 3 September 2012

Have you got one of these Fernando Torres shows off his medals

Have you got one of these Fernando Torres shows off his medals

Chelsea hitman Fernando Torres is looking to win the trophy he never could at Liverpool but says he needs the help of his colleagues to do it.

The Barclays Premier League trophy has evaded the Spaniard, who has won the World Cup and European Championship twice with Spain and the Champions League and FA Cup with the Blues.

Now he has set his sights on the title and hopes both he and his west London supporting cast can emulate some classic Premier League attacking line-ups.

'I would like to finish my career with
all the trophies possible – I may have the most difficult one but I
haven’t won many of the trophies you have the chance to win every
season,' he told Chelsea Magazine.

'The
Premier League is a big target and maybe we can become the first team
to win two Champions Leagues in a row. Let’s dream of that – who knows'

Torres, who moved to
Liverpool in 2007 from Atletico Madrid, added: 'There were the only two
sides we could normally watch in Spain. Then I remember, when Thierry
Henry was at Arsenal and Ruud van Nistelrooy was at Manchester United –
proper strikers.

'It was amazing to see the crosses from Beckham and Giggs at United or Pires and Overmars at Arsenal. The striker was there to finish the balls.'

He continued: 'I like players who can find the space behind the defenders who can find a small gap to pass the ball and put me in front of the goalkeeper.

Chelsea magazine cover

'Juan Mata is very easy to play alongside because he has these qualities, where he finds the space behind the defenders.

'We have scored a lot of goals thanks to
these kinds of passes from him. We have him, plus Eden Hazard plays
there and Oscar as well. For me it’s the most important position for the
team.

'The No 10 or second striker is the
one who is going to make the difference, the one who is going to finish
the game of change it by giving an assist or scoring a goal.

'All the great teams have a quality No 10 and we have two or three this season, so we have to exploit that.'

The 28-year-old has been in fine fettle this season with three goals in four appearances, coming off the back of winning the Euro 2012 golden boot.

Some suggest he is thriving because of the absence of departed Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

'Didier is not here any more so there is more responsibility for me and I’m ready for the challenge,' explained Torres.

'Hopefully, everything is going to be okay and we will work hard. Now I am looking for new personal targets, which is to get as many goals as possible and, hopefully, I will score more than I did in my best season at Liverpool.

'We have the squad to do that and we have five more trophies to play for, so it could be a magic season.'

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John Guidetti dreams of Lazio move from Manchester City

Guidetti 'dreams' of Lazio switch as City prepare to send starlet out on loan again

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06:32 GMT, 27 June 2012

Manchester City are set to allow John Guidetti to leave the club on loan again next season as the highly-rated striker 'dreams' of joining Italian's Lazio.

The 20-year-old won admirers across Europe last year after hitting 20 goals in 23 league games in Holland on loan at Feyenoord.

The Barclays Premier League champions have earmarked a big future for Sweden star Guidetti but the forward has warned them he does not want to stay and play reserve team football.

Italian job: John Guidetti fancies a loan switch to Lazio after impressing at Feyenoord last season

Italian job: John Guidetti fancies a loan switch to Lazio after impressing at Feyenoord last season

Mega-rich City don't need to sell him so another loan move for next season could be on the cards with Guidetti keen on a switch to Serie A.

'I cannot hide, I have spoken with Lazio about Guidetti because several Italian and European clubs like him,' Guidetti's agent Roberto De Fanti told cittaceleste.it.

'He is the best under-21 striker in Europe, he played well in a league where champions like (Ruud) Van Nistelrooy and (Marco) Van Basten found their limelight.

High hopes: Manchester City have earmarked a future role for Guidetti

High hopes: Manchester City have earmarked a future role for Guidetti

'If Lazio does not complete the signing of (Trabzonspor striker, Burak) Yilmaz, I think it could open a door for Guidetti.

'He wants to continue his growth process, in a club where he could play with continuity, even behind someone like (Miroslav) Klose with whom he could only improve.

'There would be every reason to talk about this negotiation. Guidetti dreams of Italy.'

Euro 2012: Danny Welbeck – 7 things you didn"t know

Seven things you didn't know about England goal hero Welbeck

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Full name Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck – but everyone knows him simply as Danny.

His parents (Victor and Elizabeth, both social workers) are Ghanaian. The Ghanaian FA reportedly tried to sign him up before he played for England at junior level. He made his England debut as a late sub in the home friendly against Ghana in March 2011. He was booed by a section of the away fans.

Cheeky: Danny Welbeck scores England's winner

Cheeky: Danny Welbeck scores England's winner

He was rejected by Manchester City as an eight-year-old. ‘City custard-pied me as a kid,’ he said in March this year.

He was first spotted by Manchester United as a six-year-old and, later as a 13-year-old, he featured in a Manchester United coaching video being tutored by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Check it out on YouTube, it’s called ‘Play It Like A Champion’.

His favourite meal is Nandos — like a lot of footballers — but he admits he’s nervous eating in public and prefers takeaway.

Danny joy: Welbeck celebrates

Danny joy: Welbeck celebrates

He’s a clever boy — he left school with nine GCSEs at C or above, including As in English literature and maths.

His business affairs are looked after by his savvy brothers. Brother Chris — Danny’s the youngest of three — negotiated loan moves for him to Preston and Sunderland, Sir Alex Ferguson described those spells as ‘the making of him’.