Ronaldo Golden Boot – A Statistical Breakdown

With a remarkable haul of 48 goals during the 2014-15 season, Cristiano Ronaldo has once again been awarded the prestigious Golden Shoe award, for a record fourth time and the third time since wearing the colours of Real Madrid.
Sportsmatrix examined his scoring record during the season and discovered the following:
Three quarters of Ronaldo’s goals came from open play, 12 from set pieces, including only two from free kicks.
Despite the threat that he delivers when shooting from distance, he scored only three times from open play from outside the penalty area as well as from his two free kick goals. The remaining 43 goals were scored from inside the penalty area, 33 of them from open play the other 10 from the penalty spot.
He continues to show how dangerous he is when the ball is in the air, with a quarter of his goals coming from headers, but six of his 36 open play goals were struck with his weaker left foot.
Ronaldo is equally effective regardless of whether playing at home or away, with 48% of his goals coming away from the Bernabéu.
Whilst scoring eight hat-tricks represents a remarkable achievement, perhaps no less significant was that almost two-thirds of his goals could rightly be regarded as being vital in improving Real Madrid’s position in the game. In other words his goals help extend the team’s lead from a single goal, brought back the team to parity after being behind or helped rescue them from possible defeat.

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