HOT OR NOT: Ronaldo's record is marvellous whichever way you cut it

HOT OR NOT: Cristiano Ronaldo’s record as all-time top scorer is marvellous whichever way you cut it… but the saga about whether the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead still has some months to run yet

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored an average of 40 goals a year for club and country 
  • India’s win against Australia is one of the greatest wins that cricket has known
  • A third hip surgery might well signal the end of a career for Laura Robson
  • A look at the Australian Open’s challenges offers the IOC a step towards realism

It’s Hot or Not time again as Sportsmail‘s Riath Al-Samarrai reveals what’s been making him feel warm and what’s been leaving him cold this week.

HOT

Cristiano Ronaldo

The brightest peacock in sport now holds a quite brilliant record — the all-time top scorer in football history with 760 goals. 

It’s marvellous, whichever way you cut it. Here’s just one: across 19 seasons, he has scored an average of 40 goals a year for club and country.

Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo is the all-time top scorer in football history with 760 goals

To beat Australia at the Gabba was statistically improbable. 

But with so many injuries? And with 328 runs to chase? It was nigh on impossible and by extension, surely one of the greatest wins that cricket has known. 

Too bad for Tim Paine, the Australia captain. He seems such a nice chap.

India beating Australia in Brisbane is surely one of the greatest wins that cricket has known

Ben Ainslie

This weekend Ineos Team UK are expected to reach the final of the Prada Cup, from which they would be favourites to win the right to face the defending champions from New Zealand in March’s America’s Cup match. 

After Ainslie’s crew lost all six warm-up races at Christmas, it is an incredible turnaround.

Ben Ainslie and Ineos Team UK are expected to reach the final of the Prada Cup

NOT

Laura Robson

A junior Wimbledon title at 14, an Olympic silver at 18 and inside the world’s top 30 at 19. 

Sadly, those numbers are now haunting reminders of a talent lost to injury. 

Her third hip surgery by the age of 27 might well signal the end of a career that was far too short.

A third hip surgery by the age of 27 might well signal the end of a career for Laura Robson

Sam Allardyce

His loose lips have caused bigger problems in the past. But his claim that an agreement prevented Robert Snodgrass playing for West Brom against his former club West Ham is rather awkward. 

Particularly for the Premier League, who find themselves compelled to investigate the kind of matter that typically occurs out of sight and mind.

Sam Allardyce’s claim that an agreement prevented Robert Snodgrass playing for West Brom against his former club West Ham is rather awkward

The Tokyo Olympics 

The ‘will it, won’t it’ saga is going to run for months, bouncing between nonsensical bullishness from the IOC and those with some sense of perspective. 

A look at the challenges faced by the comparatively tiny Australian Open tennis would offer the IOC a step towards realism.

The ‘will it, won’t it’ saga regarding the Tokyo Olympics is going to run for months still




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