Talk of legends, Cristiano Ronaldo is one. From a skinny kid in the streets of Funchal, Madiera to a superstar forged through the flames of Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United and Real Madrid, there is no doubt that 4-time Ballon D’or winner is definitely one of the greatest football players of all time and indeed the best of his generation.
Wednesday night was just another night in which if Ronaldo is not breaking records, he is creating them, this time reaching a 100 club goals in European competition, a feat not matched by either his arch rival Lionel Messi or anyone else in the history of the game, and doing so at the Alianze Arena, Munich, the same place he broke and set the record for most number of goals scored in a single Champions League season.
The Real Madrid superstar scored a brace against the Bavarians to reach the feat during Wednesday’s 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final first leg.
His first of the night came just two minutes after the brake to cancel Arturo Vidal’s first half goal when he made a brilliant touch to turn home a low cross from Dani Carvajal, pulling Madrid level with the Bundesliga champions.
The goal meant Ronaldo finally broke the jinx having not scored in 659 minutes in Champions League play.
The Portugal forward’s second of the night came in the 77th minute, when he used the bottom of his boot to slide home the ball between Manuel Neuer’s legs for the game-winner.
The goals also mean that Cristiano has scored five goals against Bayern Munich in five Champions League meetings, something considered by many to be a trend.
The win leaves Real Madrid firmly in control of the tie, with the return leg to take place at the Santiago Bernabeu on April 18, when Baryen will be looking to overturn the advantage in their favour to be able to qualify for the semi finals.