Real Madrid’s reigning world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo may be somewhat prohibitively priced at 1/2 to score his 40th Los Blancos goal of the season at home to Schalke in the Champions League, but it’s easy to see why.
The 30-year-old has notched as many goals in Europe’s top competition as Die Konigsblauen’s entire strike force this term, and twice the amount of Schalke’s Champions League top scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
One of them came last time out at Veltins-Arena, when Ronaldo set his side on their way to a comfortable 2-0 win and put them as-good-as through to the quarter finals.
His 26th-minute opener in Gelsenkirchen was the former Manchester United and Sporting favourite’s third deadlock-breaker in Madrid’s past four continental trysts, so 9/4 on CR7 firing first at the Bernabeu clearly ranks as value.
Ronaldo bagged a brace in each leg of Carlo Ancelotti’s side’s 9-2 aggregate thrashing of Schalke at this stage of the competition during their ‘La Decima’ winning 2013/14 campaign, including the opener at home.
At least two again here is on offer at 19/10, while a fifth Ronaldo hat-trick of the season in all competitions should entice at 7/1.
However, Roberto Di Matteo’s men’s blank at home three weeks ago was only the second time they didn’t manage to trouble the scoreboard operator in seven Champions League matches this term.
Schalke also got off the mark away to Ancelotti and co 12 months ago, so getting on the 7/4 about a home win with both teams scoring seems a sensible way to stretch outright-wager profits.
For a visiting scorer, it has to be Huntelaar at 3/1 against his old club.
The Dutch regular has three times as many Champions League goals this term as his next best teammates and is the only player left in the Schalke squad who struck against Madrid last season.