Real Madrid Strikers: Ranking Madrid's Most Lethal Goalscorers of All Time

Aila StumpoCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2011

Real Madrid Strikers: Ranking Madrid's Most Lethal Goalscorers of All Time

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    As one of the most successful clubs of all time with some of the greatest players in their time to wear the colours, it is an honour to play in the white of Real Madrid.

    A number of eye-catching strikers have worked their trade under the escudo of Real Madrid, leading the team to 25 Pichichi awards—the most of all teams in La Liga.

    Who ranks as Real Madrid's No. 1 striker of all time? Who follows behind him?

7. Raul Gonzalez Blanco

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    Moving from Real Madrid C to the first team, Raul became the club's highest goal-scorer of all time and most capped player.

    After netting 13 times in just seven games for Real Madrid C, Jorge Valdano, the manager at the time, was quick to take notice and promoted him to first team. He appeared 30 times overall for the first team in 1994-95, scoring 10 times. 

    As each season passed, Raul became better and better, scoring more and more goals. In his second season as a professional, he netted 26 times in 52 appearances. He won his first Pichichi during his fifth season with 25 goals in La Liga and 29 overall.

    During the 2000-01 season, Raul scored 24 goals, winning his second Pichichi and helping Real Madrid to a League title.

    Helping Real Madrid to three Champion Leagues in his time, he was top scorer in 1999-2000 and added a 75th minuet nail to Valencia's coffin in the final. Later in the 2001-02 final in Glasgow against Bayer Leverkusen, he opened the scoring in the eighth minute.   

6. Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Despite only spending two seasons at Real Madrid so far, Cristiano Ronaldo has done a number of notable things.

    Coming from Manchester United for a record £80 million, CR7 appeared 35 times, netting 33 goals in his first season. Together he and Gonzalo Higuain scored a total of 53 goals that made the two of them Real Madrid's highest scoring duo ever in league play.

    The 2010-11 season took Ronaldo to a whole different level. Scoring the most goals in one league season in the history of La Liga with 40 goals (41 according to Marca) was the most notorious.

    He scored four hat tricks (vs. Racing Santander, Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal, and Malaga), the most by one player that season.

    Considered to be his most important goal of the season by Madridistas and Marca readers, Ronaldo scored the winning goal against Barcelona in extra time of the Copa del Rey final, leading Madrid to their first Copa del Rey since 1992.    

5. Ronaldo Nazario De Lima

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    The FIFA World Cup All-Time Leading Scorer arrived from Inter Milan for €39 million in 2002 with a big reputation and high expectations.

    Ronaldo began his first Real Madrid season with a brace against Alaves on his debut and ended with 44 appearances, 30 goals, a League title, a Supercopa, an Intercontinental Cup, and a number of individual honours.

    The following season he netted 31 times in 48 overall appearances and won his second Pichichi award (his first was won while playing for Barcelona) with 24 league goals. 

    In 2006, towards the end of his career with Real Madrid, Ronaldo fell farther and farther out of favour the then-manager Fabio Capello due to the form of Ruud van Nistelrooy, injuries, and weight isues.

    He was sold to AC Milan in the January transfers window of the 2006-07 season, where he spent a season-and-a-half before moving to Corinthians in Brazil.

4. Ruud Van Nistelrooy

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    Spending three-and-a-half seasons with Real Madrid between 2006 and 2010 before being sold to Bundesliga outfit Hamburger in the January transfer window of 2010, his goal-scoring feats will never be forgotten.

    After arriving from Manchester United for €24 million, van Nistelrooy scored 25 goals in just his first season, leading him to his first and only Pichichi trophy.

    Along with helping Real Madrid to two consecutive league titles (2006-07 and 2007-08), he equaled Hugo Sanchez's longstanding record of scoring in seven consecutive league matches.

    During the 2007-08 season, despite undergoing surgery in March and not returning until May for El Clasico, he still managed 33 appearances and 20 goals (including a penalty netted a mere two minutes after being substituted on against Barcelona).

    Though the last season and a half of his career in Madrid was damaged by long term injuries, he nevertheless managed to score 11 goals in 18 appearances in the time. Making him an unforgettable striker in the long history of Real Madrid.  

3. Alfredo Di Stefano

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    After a controversial transfer from Millionarios of Columbia in 1953, "The Blonde Arrow" became an integral part of a Real Madrid side that completely dominated the '50s. Netting 27 goals in just 28 appearances during his first season, he won his first Pichichi and helped Real Madrid to a League title.

    He won the Pichichi again in 1955-56, scoring 27 goals as Real Madrid won the first of their five consecutive Champion's League titles. In the next three seasons, he would win the Pichichi every year (sharing the 1957-58 award with Ricardo of Valencia and Real Valladolid's Manuel Badenes) with 31, 19 and 23 goals.

    Between 1955 and 1960, Real Madrid took part in and won five Champions League finals. In every final, Di Stefano scored at least once, including a hat trick against German opposition Eintracht Frankfurt.

2. Hugo Sanchez

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    Moving from rivals Atletico Madrid in 1985, Sanchez helped Real Madrid to five consecutive League titles, three Supercopas, and a Copa del Rey. He won the Pichichi award a total of five times, once being won while at Atleti.

    During his first season in white, he appeared 49 times and scored 29 times over all (22 in La Liga), leading him to his first Pichichi with Real Madrid. He went on to win it consecutively in the next two season with 34 goals in 1986-86 and 29 goals in 1987-88.

    His run was cut short for one season by Atletico Madrid's Brazilian forward Baltazar. He came back the next season with 38 goals (tying Telmo Zarra's record for most goals in one season at the time), winning his fifth and last Pichichi (as well as the European Golden Boot).

    He uniquely remains the only player to win four Pichichis consecutively with none being shared with other players.

1. Ferenc Puskas

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    Coming to Real Madrid in 1957 at the age of 31, Puskas scored four hat tricks in just his first season. His first against Sporting Gijon in his mere second game as a Real Madrid player.

    He won four Pichichi trophies, in 1959-60, 1960-61, 1962-63 and 1963-64 with 26, 27, 20 and 26 goals, respectively.

    Leading the line, he helped Real Madrid to win La Liga titles five years in a row from 1961 to 1966, netting a total of 82 goals over that period.

    Participating in the 1960 Champions League final against Eintracht Frankfurt, he scored a shocking four goals against the German side. Despite losing to Benfica in the final of 1962, Puskas scored a hat trick that took him just 21 minutes (first goal at 17' and last goal at 38').