Wednesday, February 27, 2008

How many will Ronaldo score?

How many will Ronaldo

Love him or loathe him, you cannot deny that Manchester United and Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo has been in outstanding goalscoring form this season. The winking winger has already netted 29 times this season and one bookmaker has opened a market on how many they think he will end up with.

Betfred, owned by Fred Done a self-confessed Manchester United superfan, have opened a market on how many Premier League goals they think the one-time boyfriend of reality TV wannabe Gemma Atkinson will go on to score this season after the United winger edged closer to several records with his stunning double against hapless Newcastle in the Premier League last weekend.

While Ronaldo is now only three short of George Best's club record for a winger of 32 in all competitions, it is Dennis Viollet's 32 league goals in a single campaign that is the £50m man's main target and Betfred make him 7/2 to exactly match that figure this term by scoring a further 11 goals in the 11 remaining Premier League fixtures.

The Portuguese star, who famously winked when helping get United team-mate Wayne Rooney sent off in the last World Cup, is 11/2 with Betfred to score exactly 33 league goals, which would surpass Viollet's club record set in 1959-60, and 12/1 to end the season with 34, which would equal the Premier League record held by Andrew Cole in the 1993-94 season and Alan Shearer in the following season. However both Cole's and Shearer's goalscoring feats were achieved over a season of 42 games instead of the current 38.

Ronaldo remains an outsider though to score 35 or more Premier league goals this season and is a 25/1 shot to hit those heights with Betfred.


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