Real Madrid boss paid tribute to star striker Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese broke Raul’s goalscoring record for the club.
The 30-year-old netted twice in the 2-0 Champions League win over Malmo on Wednesday evening taking him to 324 goals for Los Blancos – one ahead of Raul’s previous record. Ronaldo needed just 308 games to reach that remarkable figure compared to Raul’s 741.
Speaking to reporters after the game, much of Benitez’ comments surrounded the three-time World Player of the Year, but he also paid tribute to his team for getting an important job done.
“I’ve already said that he is an indisputable player for us and he’s shown that yet again. I’m very satisfied because we won, didn’t concede any goals, picked up three points and Cristiano scored twice to break the record. If we’re talking about the history of Real Madrid and the club’s goalscorers, it’s worth pointing out that he has needed less time to achieve this feat and that makes what he’s doing all the more remarkable,” he commented.
And he added he was pleased with an improved performance: “We played slightly better than we did against Málaga. We had more than 70% possession. We managers are eternally dissatisfied and we’re always looking to cut out mistakes and improve things. Their two or three threats on goal came from mistakes and through us not playing the easy ball. I’m very pleased with the team, but it’s my responsibility to try and improve things.”