Cristiano Ronaldo loves breaking records so much that he has gone and broken a goal record that he held himself. By scoring against APOEL, he now holds a new record for the most Champions League goals in a calendar year.
If rumours of a potential exit from the Bernabeu are true, we may be betting on English Premier League side Manchester United re-signing the Portuguese star. That being said, he still seems to be committed to Real at the moment.
Zinedine Zidane’s men currently sit second in Group H and are comfortably through to the last 16 of the Champions League, with Borussia Dortmund and APOEL exiting the competition.
APOEL were never going to offer much of a test on Tuesday evening, with Los Blancos ending up 6-0 winners in Cyprus. Cristiano grabbed the fifth on the night, heading Marcelo’s cross into the net early into the second half.
Two Ahead Of His Previous Best
Even though the record had already gone, the superstar wasn’t happy with just going one ahead of his previous best as he went on to add his 18th Champions League goal of the season just five minutes later, as he fired into the net on the turn.
Ronaldo’s previous best in a year was 16, which came back in 2015. After a great run of 10 goals at the end of last season which lead to Los Blancos lifting the trophy, Ronaldo has done well in this years Group Stage, scoring 8 goals in 5 games.
To compare how impressive his new record is, Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s best Champions League goal record for a calendar year is 13, which he has achieved twice in 2016 and 2012.
Ronaldo has struggled a little bit in La Liga so far this season, having scored just 1 goal in 8 appearances, but hopefully he will be able to take his European form into domestic action soon.