Cristiano Ronaldo: Soccer Icon Destined to Become Real Madrid's Greatest Star

Steven GerwelFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates scoring his sides opening goal during the la Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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Raúl González Blanco is the all-time leading scorer for Real Madrid and was a star for the franchise, but he may have company. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has been with Real Madrid for only three years, but he is already making a historic impact as the team's current superstar. 

Blanco was able to score 228 league goals for Madrid in just six years, which currently stands as the club record for all-time goals. 

In approximately half the time, Ronaldo has already been able to crack Madrid's top 10 list with 120 league goals scored for the club, putting him at 9th on the list. 

With eight goals throughout the first seven games, Ronaldo already has three games with at least two goals scored and is on track for 43 goals this season.

Although the projections will surely diminish as the season progresses, especially since he's now dealing with a shoulder injury according to Real Madrid's Twitter account. 

Ronaldo sprains his shoulder in draw at Barcelona adf.ly/DVIw2 #RealMadrid

— Real Madrid FC (@Real_Madrid_FC) October 8, 2012

Madrid has nearly two weeks before their October 20 match against Celta Vigo, so there's time for him to heal and keep his productive season on track. 

And if he keeps going at this pace, Raul will have company at the top of the all-time scoring list. Not this season, but soon. 

At this rate, the 27-year-old Ronaldo should own the club record for goals by the time he is 30. And depending on how long he remains with the team after turning 30, he should be able to build a comfortable lead. 

Even if he somehow falls short, he has already put together gaudy numbers for the club and will be remembered as one of the most electric stars in the team's history. 

His two-goal performance in the head-to-head match-up with Lionel Messi of Barcelona is just the latest in exciting performances for Ronaldo, and there's bound to be more in the future. 

Ronaldo is destined to be an all-time Real Madrid great.