Although both have been accused of flopping in the international arena, neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Lionel Messi have ever fallen short in the Champions League, with 58 and 65 goals respectively in Europe’s premier tournament.
Both are likely to surpass Raul’s current record of 71, but of the pair the Real Madrid forward should be backed to do so first at 19/4 compared to Messi’s price of 1/10.
The Barcelona star has already picked up four injuries this year and is set to play just three games in the group stages.
Having scored six in three games in this season’s competition, the Argentine maestro could well be eyeing up breaking Raul’s record this term.
However, his latest injury will see him miss the goal-friendly group stage outings against Celtic and Ajax, and given that he has now picked up four knocks in six months, a break-laden season is on the cards.
Currently seven goals behind his Rosarian rival, Ronaldo has the perfect chance to reduce the deficit in group games against Copenhagen and Galatasaray, teams he has scored five against in two games already this campaign.
No-one in Europe can live with the Real Madrid man this term as he has bagged 24 goals in 17 games – ten more than Messi.
Perhaps sensing vulnerability in Messi for the first time in several years, Ronaldo has stepped up his already ludicrous output to a ridiculous degree in recent weeks.
The Portuguese pulveriser has bagged 16 in 13 La Liga games and eight in a mere four European outings, a strike rate that has already seen him equal the record for group stage goals in the Champions League.
Ronaldo is increasing his European returns year on year and, squired by Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid are well-placed to go further in the competition.
After Messi locked out the Champions League top-scorer rankings for four successive seasons, Ronaldo finally bested the Barcelona man last year with 12 strikes.
That represented his best ever return in the competition and the third successive campaign where he had increased his tally.
With two-time winning manager Ancelotti at the helm, Real Madrid are well set to outdo Barcelona, bossed by Tata Martino who is new to the tournament, in this season’s edition, giving Ronaldo the best possible chance to add to his total.