Cristiano Ronaldo had lots of work to do to win back Real Madrid fans after last week’s birthday party controversy. After his performance in the first leg of Real’s Champions League round of 16 tie against Schalke, all should be forgiven. Cristiano Ronaldo and Co also managed to continue racking up the records in what looks set to be another memorable season for Los Blancos.
Ronaldo produced two precious away goals for the defending European champions, scoring in the 26th minute and then setting up Marcelo for the second in the 74th minute. His goal now makes him level with Lionel Messi and Raul with 76 goals in all European competitions.
The Portugal captain is now responsible for more than a quarter (72 of 274) of Champions League goals scored by Portuguese players, his opening goal in Germany on Wednesday was the Portuguese star’s 58th Champions League goal in as many games for the La Liga leaders.
The 30-year-old tops the list for goals and assists over the last two season of European competition. Ronaldo leads the way by some distance with a combined total of 29, Barcelona star Messi is in second with 18. The away victory also takes Ronaldo to a record of 28 Champions League knockout victories. In doing so he surpassed Edwin van der Sar and Victor Valdes.
The floated header was also Ronaldo’s 12th consecutive away goal in Europe’s elite competition. The 2-0 win against Roberto di Matteo’s Schalke side gave Madrid a 10th successive Champions League victory and finally, the former Manchester United man is only the sixth player with 10 or more headed goals in the Champions League. He joins Fernando Morientes, Raul, Filippo Inzaghi, Jardel and Andriy Shevchenko on the list.
At the age of 30 and still playing like a player in his mid twenties, this lad would continue to break and set more records and could possibly be regarded as the greatest player ever.