On Monday night, Cristiano Ronaldo notched his 400th career goal. A staggering achievement.
The Portuguese superstar scored a brace as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-0 in La Liga. Upon reaching the incredible milestone, Ronaldo dedicated the goals to Portuguese legend Eusebio, who passed away on Sunday.
He tweeted: "I dedicate these 2 goals to you Eusébio but in fact you were the one who scored them. You'll always be in my heart."
The two goals Ronaldo scored on Monday night were his 229th and 230th on his 221st appearance in a Real Madrid shirt. Another incredible statistic.
His 230 goals for Madrid are a vast improvement on the 118 he netted for Manchester United and his 47 at international level.
Of his 400 goals, 162 were have been with his right foot, dwarfing the 75 scored with his left. The 28-year-old has scored an incredible 62 headers and 38 free-kicks. He is a free-kick specialist and has perfected the 'knuckleball' technique.
Penalties make up the 63 remaining goals.
The incredible consistency of a man who has scored more goals than he's played games for close to five years, puts Ronaldo among the best ever.
With the six-week absence of Barcelona's Lionel Messi, this year more than any other is the year Ronaldo should snatch the coveted Ballon d'Or from the Argentine magician. Following this latest milestone, his only true competition is probably Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery.
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