Ronaldo into the record books

Cristiano Ronaldo (Supplied)

European footballer of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo helped himself to one goal-scoring record and equalled another as holders Real Madrid booked their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.

Ronaldo is now the all-time leading goalscorer in European competition after two goals in the upset 4-3 defeat against Schalke took his total to 78, surpassing the previous record held by another former Real stalwart, Raul.

But, perhaps more importantly for his intense rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, Ronaldo equalled the Argentine’s Champions League record of 75.

And there was more than a touch of irony that the record-breaking goals should have come against Schalke, the club where Raul ended his playing days after being deemed surplus to requirements in Spain.

 

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