Real Madrid boss Florentino Perez has said Cristiano Ronaldo is already a club legend and his legacy will continue to grow with every goal he scores.
The 30-year-old forward was honoured by the club, team mates, family and friends at an event in the Presidential Box at the Santiago Bernabeu in recognition of becoming the club’s all-time leading scorer – his two goals against Malmo this week taking him to 324 in 308 games, one ahead of Raul.
At the event on Friday, the trophies won by Ronaldo were on display, and those in attendance watched a video of his greatest goals for Real. The president then took to the stage to praise the star striker.
He commented: “This is a very exciting day for all Madrid fans. This week Cristiano became the leading goalscorer in the great history of Real Madrid, the greatest club in the world, winner of 10 European Cups.
“324 goals in 308 games is something unrepeatable and it can only be understood as Cristiano’s desire to constantly better himself, to never give up, and to give everything for this badge. All of the Madrid supporters love you, and really adore you. They know what you mean for this club. You are an example for those of us that love football.”
And he finished: “With your tally you have surpassed all of the great Real Madrid goalscorers and now I know that you only want to surpass yourself. You have won every title possible at Real Madrid, none have got away from you. You are already a Real Madrid legend. You have achieved it through your devotion to work and your talent. 324 goals and there will be lots more. Thank you for what you give us, for your dedication and commitment. Congratulations, Cristiano, long may the legend continue.”