Cristiano Ronaldo equals Messi's Champions League record

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Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Lionel Messi's record for most goals in a single Champions League campaign last night, bagging his 14th goal of the tournament in Real Madrid's 3-0 rout against Borussia Dortmund.

The Portuguese superstar will have the chance to break Messi's record - which he set during the 2011/12 campaign - in the second leg of Madrid's quarter-final against Dortmund next week.

So far this season Ronaldo has scored at least once in every single Champions League fixture he's featured in, and he's bagged a brace on four separate occasions. He also hit a hat-trick against Galatasaray back in September.

In the former Manchester United man's 100th Champions League game he also equalled Alfredo Di Stefano’s haul of 49 goals in European club football's biggest competition.

Messi has suffered an injury-hit season but still has eight goals to his name in six games, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic also looks capable of passing the Argentinian's record tally having scored ten times already - although he limped off in Paris Saint-Germain's 3-1 win over Chelsea last night and is a doubt for the second leg.

Gareth Bale and Isco joined Ronaldo on the scoresheet last night as Madrid all but booked their spot in the last four of the Champions League.

Real Madrid are hoping to secure a record 10th European Cup - labelled La Decima in Spain - and coach Carlo Ancelotti says it is the thought of making history that drives his team.

"Every day we think of it [La Decima], even more when we have this kind of matches," he said.

"This competition motivates us much. We reacted after two games in which we didn't play very well, but the team reacted well. We dream of playing in the final, but that's still three games away. This result suggests a straightforward second leg but we must be careful of Dortmund."

Ancelotti and his team will have to wary of the threat Dortmund pose however - they put four past them at home last season to claim a 4-3 aggregate win and book a place in the final.

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