Let’s face it, the Champions League belongs to Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Real Madrid forward – who’s apparently in the midst of an ‘off’ season – is still knocking the ball into the back of the net on a regular occurrence and is currently the top goalscorer in the Champions League this season.
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And his goal against Paris Saint-Germain in last night’s 2-1 win in the last-16 second-leg tie – his 12th in the competition this season – helped him match yet another record in the competition.
His towering header on the 51st minute means he’s now scored in nine consecutive games in the Champions League, equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record set between 2002 and 2003.
In fact, the last time Ronaldo didn’t score in a Champions League game was in last year’s semi-final second leg clash at Atletico Madrid.
This is just another box ticked on a list of records Ronaldo currently holds in Europe’s premier competition.
As we all know, his total of 117 goals is the most in the competition, and that’s more than all but 19 of the 135 teams who have ever participated in the competition. His rival Lionel Messi is lagging behind him with 98, shame on him.
What’s more, Ronaldo has scored more Champions League goals since 2009 than Man United and Man City, and more than Spurs and Liverpool combined.
And delving deeper, Ronny has the joint-most hat-tricks in the Champions League’s history (along with Messi) and is the only player to have scored three hat-tricks in a single Champions League season, when he did so back in the 2013-2014 season.
He’s even netted in three finals (2008, 2014 and 2017).
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