Cristiano Ronaldo became Real Madrid’s third all-time leading goalscorer yesterday, according to BBC Sport, when he helped his side to a 2-0 win over Elche.
Before their trip to Elche, Ronaldo was tied with Carlos Santillana on 289 goals but his 69th minute winner saw him surpass the Real Madrid legend and move within 15 goals of the late, great Alfredo Di Stefano in second place, and just 33 goals behind leading scorer, Raul.
It is quite a phenomenal achievement as the world footballer of the year has reached this milestone in only 281 appearances for the Spanish giants. It took the legendary Raul 741 appearances to score his 323 goals for the club so Ronaldo looks well on his way to surpassing that total.
Real Madrid had already announced during the week that the Portuguese forward had hit the 290-goal milestone after he scored against Schalke in their Last-16 Champions League tie but that was down to them wrongly accrediting a goal to him that was scored by Pepe back in 2010.
Provider and scorer
Madrid travelled to La Liga strugglers Elche looking to take advantage of Barcelona’s 1-0 home loss to Malaga the day before. Carlo Ancelotti’s side did just that with Karim Benzema opening the scoring before Ronaldo secured all three points.
Benzema’s 18th goal of the season came from Ronaldo’s work down the left-hand side, as his whipped cross bounced off of Elche defender David Lomban and then onto goalkeeper Przemslaw Tyton, before the ball fell into the path of the French striker for him to tap it in to an open goal.
Provider then turned scorer as Ronaldo got on the end of Isco’s cross and fired in a bullet of a header to claim his 40th goal of the season and all three points for Madrid.
It was a game of milestones for Madrid as it was Ancelotti’s 100th game in charge and Iker Casillas’ 500th appearance in La Liga for his club and their win was made all the more sweeter by the fact that they have now extended their lead atop of La Liga by 4 points.
Business as usual
Ronaldo’s two goals this week saw the end of his three-game goalless period come to an end. Three games wouldn’t be much for any other striker in world football but it seemed like an age since he scored before the Schalke game as it is just taken for granted that the 30-year-old is going to score every time he pulls on the famous white shirt.
His ongoing battle for goalscoring supremacy with Lionel Messi continues as his goal against Elche means he has three more goals than his Argentinian counterpart in all competitions this season.
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