Ronaldo stretches UCL openers’ goals record


Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League Group H opener against APOEL on Wednesday.

He is back and he’s obviously back with a bang! Having sat out all of his side’s competitive matches due to the five-match ban merited in the Supercopa de Espana against Barcelona, Cristiano Ronaldo was named in the starting XI in the Champions League clash with APOEL Nicosia.

The 32-year-old talisman needed just 12 minutes to get on the scoresheet to emphatically announce his presence to the faithful Madridistas who occupied the sacred Santiago Bernabeu.

The first goal was definitely a prelude for better things to come as he got his second from the penalty spot six minutes into the second half. His exploit unintendedly propelled the four-time Ballon d’Or winner to another goalscoring landmark.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against the Cypriots guaranteed that he has now scored at least a goal in the opening Champions League game in each of the last six seasons. Here is the distribution of the Portuguese talisman’s goals against the last six teams he’s faced in the first group-stage games:

  • 2012/2013: Real Madrid 3:2 Manchester City (C. Ronaldo 90)
  • 2013/2014: Galatasaray 1:6 Real Madrid (C. Ronaldo 63, 66, 90+1)
  • 2014/2015: Real Madrid 5:1 Basel (C. Ronaldo 31)
  • 2015/2016: Real Madrid 4:0 Shakhtar Donetsk (C. Ronaldo 55, 63, 81)
  • 2016/2017: Real Madrid 2:1 Sporting C.P. (C. Ronaldo 89)
  • 2017/2018: Real Madrid 3:0 APOEL Nicosia (C. Ronaldo 12, 51)


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