Angry Ronaldo overshadowed by poor Real show

Cristiano Ronaldo. (Pierre-Philippe Marcou, AFP)

Two-goal Cristiano Ronaldo may have become the record scorer in European competition on Tuesday but the Real Madrid forward was left seething by another poor performance from the stuttering European champions.

Television cameras captured a grim-looking Ronaldo shaking his head and apparently mouthing “disgrace” to Karim Benzema shortly before the end of Real’s 4-3 defeat to Schalke 04 at the Bernabeu, the holders squeaking through to the quarter-finals 5-4 on aggregate.

Ronaldo’s two first-half headers had helped keep hopes of a record-extending 11th European crown alive and took his tally in European competition to a record 78 goals, surpassing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi (76) and former Real striker Raul (77).

However, they were one of the few bright spots in a generally weak showing that came hard on the heels of the 1-0 defeat at Athletic Bilbao at the weekend that cost Real top spot in La Liga.

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