In terms of goalscoring exploits in the Champions League there are very few records that Cristiano Ronaldo does not hold.
The Real Madrid man is the top scorer in the history of Europe’s premier club competition, scoring 114 goals for both Real and his former club Manchester United.
While many have pointed out that Ronaldo has been out of form lately, his latest record is a sign that the Portugal international is certainly still on song.
The 32-year-old was on target for Zinedine Zidane’s side in their hard-fought 3-2 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, meaning he has now become the first player to score in all six group games of a Champions League campaign with a tally of nine goals so far this season.
— ★ #TeamOfTheYear ★ (@ChampionsLeague) December 6, 2017
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner netted twice in Real’s opening game against APOEL, before repeating the trick in their win away to Dortmund on September 26.
He scored from the penalty spot in their draw with Tottenham before grabbing a consolation in their 3-1 defeat at Wembley in October. Ronaldo came away with another brace in a 6-0 drubbing of APOEL in Cyprus, before netting again on Wednesday to make even more history.
His goal wasn’t too bad either:
Ronaldo’s beautiful goal. So good. pic.twitter.com/BWjenZTeF3
— MP (@elsaetarubia) December 6, 2017
This goal also means Ronaldo joins Barcelona’s Lionel Messi as the most prolific goalscorer in the history of the Champions League group stages with 60 goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo has also equalled Lionel Messi’s all-time Champions League record of scoring 60 goals in the group stages. pic.twitter.com/ucn5sKVG3I
— David Kappel (@kappilinho) December 6, 2017
He also has scored the most goals against German clubs in the competition, with 26 of his 114 coming against Bundesliga sides.
No player in all history of Champions League has scored more goals against German clubs than Cristiano Ronaldo (26).
— InfoCristiano (@InfoCristiano) December 6, 2017
Ronaldo has also outscored Barcelona in the Champions League in the calendar year of 2017 as well as holding the record for the most goals scored by one player in a single year of the competition – with the former United man finding the net 19 times this year.
Champions League Goals in 2017:
— Football Trolls (@Footballltrolls) December 6, 2017
19 goals ⚽️
13 games ?
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) December 6, 2017
With nine goals and an assist to his name already this time out, should Real make it all the way in their quest for a third successive crown, you would imagine even more records will tumble.
One thing is for certain, you can’t keep Ronaldo down for long.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena