Cristiano Ronaldo Beats Lionel Messi To New Champions League Record

Cristiano Ronaldo and record go hand in hand and it was no different on Wednesday night at the Bernabeu as the Portuguese superstar’s strike from the penalty late into the game ensured Real Madrid eighth consecutive appearance in the final four of the Champions League.

That goal also helped Ronaldo create yet another record in the competition – one he has been head and shoulders above all else.

The Blancos were rocked on the night as Juventus clawed all the way back from the 0-3 deficit on the night to make it 3-3 on aggregate thanks to a brace from Mario Mandzukic and Blaise Matuidi.  However, it was not to be a fairy tale comeback as Ronaldo buried a penalty in the 97th minute of the game to send the Santiago Bernabeu into raptures.

Wojciech Szczesny, who stood in goal after Ginaluigi Buffon was sent off following the skirmish that ensued after Michael Oliver awarded the penalty didn’t have a prayer as Ronaldo planted the ball into the top left hand corner of the goal.

The goal was Ronaldo’s 10th against Juventus in the Champions League – making him the first man to score 10 goals against a specific opponent in the competition.

Prior to the game, Ronaldo shared the record with Lionel Messi, who has scored nine goals against Arsenal in the Champions League.

Many thought that his brilliant brace that led to a 3-0 win over the Old Lady would be enough to seal the deal for Madrid in the Quarter Finals of this year’s competition. However, as fate would have it, it needed another master touch from Ronaldo to secure the tie – one in which he scored three of Real’s four goals.

Records galore

This was also the 15th goal of the season for Ronaldo in the Champions League in 2017/18. Incredibly, Ronaldo is the only player to ever reach the 15-goal mark in a single season – and he's done it three times.

If that was not all, Ronaldo also became the first player ever in Champions League history to score in 11 straight games in the history of the competition. This was also his 11th straight game in all competitions that he has found the net.

The appearance also marked his 150th in the Champions League – a feat only achieved by former Real keeper Iker Casillas (167) and former Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez (151).

The wait is now on to see who Madrid will face in the semis of the competition. The three other teams still in the competition are Liverpool, Roma and Bayern Munich – one of who will try and thwart Real in their quest for an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League title.

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