Cristiano Ronaldo sets another record with headed goal against Real Betis

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It was another weekend full of twists and turns in the La Liga title race.

On Sunday, Barcelona couldn't recover from their midweek European exploits and fell to a shock defeat at Deportivo.

Just a few hours later, their fierce rivals Real Madrid almost met a similar fate at home to Real Betis.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas initially gifted the visitors the lead by spilling Antonio Sanabria's strike into his own goal.

A record-breaking header from Cristiano Ronaldo before half time brought Zinedine Zidane's men back on level terms.

Remarkably, Sergio Ramos popped up with his 10th goal of the season in the 81st minute to secure the three points and jump two ahead of Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

While most fans were revelling in Ramos' latest telling contribution, Ronaldo's new record went somewhat under the radar.

On top of the Portuguese's already glittering career of records, he can now boast scoring more headers than any other active player in La Liga.

Impressively, it was the former Manchester United star's 46th headed goal in Spain's top division, taking him one ahead of Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz.

Some forwards would be fortunate to score that many headers across their entire careers, never mind during a seven-and-a-half year spell.

For someone who is better known for his stepovers, there's no doubt heading is also one of the finest tools in Ronaldo's arsenal.

The latest one, a fine connection with Marcelo's cross into the left corner - see the video below - was his 19th La Liga goal of the campaign and 26th across all competitions.

But of course, Zidane will be more pleased with his team's overall performance and a result which has seen them leapfrog Barcelona to the top of the league with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.

After the game, Zidane said: "My evaluation of the match is very good because we picked up the three points," as per Goal.

"We didn't have it all our own way and that’s normal, but I am happy. We must congratulate all the players because we've had to be patient.

"The result in the end is a fair one, even if at times it didn't all go our way."

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