Cristiano Ronaldo achieved another milestone in his illustrious career by scoring his 500th career club goal in Real Madrid’s 2-0 Club World Cup semi-final win over Club America.
The Portugal international had endured a frustrating outing in Yokohama for much of the game, hitting the post with one header and then somehow missing a gaping goal when unmarked inside the six-yard box.
He was not to be denied, however, and with the last meaningful touch of the game he received a pass from James Rodriguez and slotted home.
There appeared to be some confusion over whether the goal would stand, with the official checking the Video Assistant Referee system for a potential offside, but replays showed Ronaldo had timed his run perfectly.
Ronaldo had been stuck on 499 after failing to net in club football’s biggest game – El Clasico – and last week’s home Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund.
It marks another achievement for Ronaldo, who is Madrid and Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer, while no player has scored more times in the Champions League than the former Manchester United forward.