Ronaldo actually had 56* goals (all competition, including international) in the calender year 2011 in 54* appearances.
RVP had 48* (again, all competition, including international) in 2011 in 55* appearances.
His 35 in a calender year applies only to Premiership (not Carling Cup, not FA cup, strictly league matches) play. And I think we'd all agree it is much more difficult to score in England than it is in Spain.
Ah my mistake, for some reason I thought the 35 total was in all comps too. That's a useful site.
On Ronaldo, I think it's important to remember that he's really the only player Mourinho, the same guy who coached Deco, Lampard, and Sneijder, has ever trusted with a truly free role. No denying he doesn't drop deep (when I look at the positioning diagrams for Madrid's matches, he's usually just as far up as Benzema/Higuain, just a little to the left of them), but I don't really understand that as a criticism- it's just not his game. It'd be like criticizing Xavi for not driving forward to score.
He's evolving as a player for sure, but a lot of his evolution is positive. He's completing 84% of his passes this year, compared to 76% last year. This comes at the sacrifice of only making 1.3 extended dribbles per match, versus 2.2 last year. Considering this doesn't hurt his goal output, while helping greatly increase Benzema's and Higuain's, I'd say overall he's contributing more to Madrid. FTR I got these numbers from www.whoscored.com/
(Side note on his positioning- I'm watching the Copa del Rey right now, and Madrid are playing a 4-3-1-2 with Ronaldo and Higuain as the strikers, which is new for them. They're switching for the 2nd half though, Khedira was injured).
On Real Madrid, I agree with FilthyWater49 (cool new feature for the new board by the way, these new posts are appearing for me to read as I type).This is only Mourinho's second year at the club, and it was in his second year at Porto and Inter when he won the Champions League. The team is significantly better than last year despite having much of the same personel.