Ronaldo Breaks Messi’s Record

cristiano_ronaldo_and_messi-wideCristiano Ronaldo has broken the record held for Champions League goals scored in a calendar year after his second-half strike for Real Madrid at Juventus on Tuesday – overtaking the mark previously set by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi.

Ronaldo latched on to a Karim Benzema pass in the 52nd minute and beat Gianluigi Buffon with a right-footed finish to level the scores at 1-1 after Arturo Vidal had blasted the Bianconeri in front from the penalty spot in the first half.

It was the Portuguese’s eighth goal in four Group B games this term and his 14th in the Champions League this calendar year, a total which sees him surpass Messi’s 13 strikes in 2012.

Ronaldo’s goal was his 59th in the Champions League. The attacker now trails only Messi (63) and Raul (71). He also needs just one more strike to set a new group stage record currently shared with Hernan Crespo, Filippo Inzaghi and Ruud van Nistelrooy.

Messi was expected to his tally for Barca yesternight at home to AC Milan. The Argentine has hit seven goals in the Champions League in 2013, having been restricted by injury at the end of last season and also at the beginning of the current campaign.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo enjoyed a fruitful week as he netted five goals in his last two games to pile the pressure on Nerijus Valskis.

The Portuguese international is closing in on top spot in the European Golden Shoe rankings following his fine performances for Real Madrid in the past seven days.

He netted a hat-trick in his side’s 7-3 win over Sevilla in midweek before adding two more goals to his tally in the 3-2 victory against Rayo Vallecano at the weekend and now trails leader Nerijus Valskis – who did not play this week – by just one point. -

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