The Portuguese superstar contributed his quota to emphatically obliterate Borussia Dortmund to commemorate his 400th career game.
Efficient. Precise. Emphatic. In a match as lively as this one, there was unquestionably one outcome assured: Cristiano Ronaldo highlighting his unfaltering dominance. It is pretty much a cliche; he loves the big stages and the big stages love him.
It is one scenario to occasionally put in mind-boggling shifts for one’s club and another to consistently sustain such a high level of output for over a decade. The latter is the domain Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself in at the moment.
Here are the top three feats sealed by Cristiano Ronaldo in Real Madrid’s 3:1 victory over Dortmund to memorialize a landmark of 400 games in his professional career.
1. Scoring in 70 different games
It was a night of rounding off numbers. With the 400 games benchmark withstanding, the outing today was Cristiano Ronaldo’s 150th appearance in the UEFA club matches and his 90th appearance for Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League competition.
In terms of goals scored, the Portuguese forward’s brace ensured that his tally against German clubs was taken to 25 in 20 games while taking his total in his 400 games across all competitions for Real Madrid to 410.
Again, on the subject of goals racked up, the Madeira-born marksman took his numbers in European club competitions and the UEFA Champions League to 112 in 150 matches and 109 in 141 matches, respectively.
In that regard, Ronaldo’s double strike in tonight’s game meant he is now the first-ever player to have scored at least a goal in 70 different matches. The closest competitor is, of course, Lionel Messi who has managed to get on the scoresheet in only 59 games.
70 – Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored in 70 different Champions League matches (excl. qualifiers); more than any other player. Superstar. pic.twitter.com/u6SzM434US
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 26, 2017
2. 94 goals in 90 UCL games for Real Madrid
You would have probably been laughed at if you had predicted Cristiano Ronaldo will reach the number above when he first joined Real Madrid in 2009 considering the challenges he initially faced. Eight years down the road and here we are.
Aside the fact that he’s just two hat-tricks away from reaching a century of Champions League goals for Real Madrid, the other admirable feature about his tally is the dispensation in other categories. His fulfillment for Los Blancos in the European competition includes 25 assists and 7 hattricks.
Obviously, he is still Real Madrid’s all-time top scorer in the UEFA Champions League with his closest competitor being Raul Gonzalez (71).
3. Scoring to secure Madrid’s first-ever win in Dortmund
Despite recent successes, Real Madrid had never won a game away at Borussia Dortmund. History predicted a very tough challenge for the European champions prior to kick-off yet, with the high stakes serving as motivation, Cristiano Ronaldo managed to co-author a new chapter in the same chronicles with his double to buttress Gareth Bale’s opener.
It took seven meetings to end Dortmund’s monopoly in such encounters but the essential piece in the narrative is that Cristiano Ronaldo can be partly acknowledged for the outcome. This little girl below basically is all Real Madrid fans right now!
This little girl doing Cristiano Ronaldo's goal celebration is EVERYTHING pic.twitter.com/zOahoEwGQH
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) September 26, 2017