We now turn our attention from lessons to fact. With his ferocious six-yard strike, Cristiano Ronaldo became only the sixth Real Madrid player to score 200 goals for the club.
The Portuguese star accomplished the feat in only 197 games, meaning he is averaging just over one goal per game. No one else who has played for Real Madrid can make a claim like that.
So this was not just a night for Real Madrid and nightmare for Malaga. This was the night for Ronaldo to receive the praising chants falling down from the thousands in attendance at the Santiago Bernabeu.
This season will not end the way Real Madrid had hopped. The Copa del Rey final is weeks away and will be the only major title the club plays for. But Cristiano Ronaldo has certainly pulled his weight despite what the team has accomplished.
Cristiano Ronaldo, take a bow. You have set a milestone at one of the greatest football clubs in history. Next up is overtaking Raul as Real Madrid’s all-time leading scorer.
What are your takeaways from the thrilling match at the Santiago Bernabeu? What did the win mean for the players? Leave your thoughts and comments below.
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