Wonder what it takes to have 500 goals? Well, Cristiano Ronaldo should answer that.
Real Madrid star, Ronaldo, touched the magical number of 500 goals with a first half strike in their match against the Swedish Side, Malmo, in the European Champions League on Wednesday night. He netted twice to take his side past Malmo with a 2-0 winning score line.
Playing his 753rd career game, he equaled Raul’s record of 323 goals at Madrid and became the all time top scorer for the Spanish side. After his record $130 million move from Manchester United to Real Madrid in 2009, he has averaged 53 goals per season for the La Liga side. According to CNN reports, the ace footballer had his most successful season in the 2011-2012 campaign where he scored 69 goals for his club and country. He followed it up with 59, 62 and 66 goals since then.
He scored 118 goals during his stay at Manchester United, five for his first club Sporting Clube de Portugal and 55 goals for the Portuguese side. However, he scored more goals against his favourite opponent, Sevilla, than any other teams. He scored 21 goals in total against them, followed by 18 against Getafe, 15 against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, and against Malaga scoring on 14 occasions.
After achieving the amazing feat, ESPN FC quoted him as saying, “I am very happy. Thank you to all of my teammates for helping me reach these figures and break the record at the greatest club in the world — it’s an honour.”
Raul also congratulated Ronaldo on reaching this incredible milestone and said that its on a different historic level. He congratulated Ronaldo and wished to see him scoring more goals.
Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez said, “He has surpassed Raul, who was a phenomenon, and that shows he has scored a lot of goals. I hope he doesn’t have a ceiling. I said it was unquestionable. The merit is that it took less time than the others and this gives more value to the achievement.”