Leading Maths Professor Solves the Eternal Equation and Identifies Cristiano Ronaldo As the Greatest Footballer of All Time

Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo tops the G.O.A.T. Index following innovative new mathematical modelling. Analysis of data by Dr Tom Crawford, Mathematician at the University of Oxford, identifies Lionel Messi and Pelé as close company within the Top 3.

It is the eternal football question that continues to be debated all over the world, “Who is the greatest of all time?”

Finally, football fans may have the definitive answer as Cristiano Ronaldo edged his way to top The G.O.A.T. Index, a new data driven algorithm developed by Dr Tom Crawford, Mathematician at the University of Oxford.

Commissioned by LiveScore, one of the world’s leading real-time sports updates providers, Dr Crawford analysed dozens of history’s most iconic footballers since the beginning of the sport as part of one of the most in-depth research studies of all time, and assessed their brilliance against seven unique categorised data points. 

Returning a maximum G.O.A.T. Index score of 100, the key differentiators for Cristiano Ronaldo were his Club Titles, International Goals, and Individual Records, creating a narrow advantage over his nearest challengers. Cristiano Ronaldo also performed highly for the Ballon d’Or Awards, with his total currently five.

Incorporating factors such as international and domestic goals and titles, as well as individual honours and career milestones, the in-depth analysis also identified those who enjoyed true ‘Z-factor’ seasons where their impact on the pitch significantly out-performed others from the previous five seasons.

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