Cristiano Ronaldo Reaches 200 Goals for Real Madrid in Malaga Win
Cristiano Ronaldo could have had a hat trick on the night, perhaps even four goals, but in the end all he really needed was one.
One goal to bring up 200 goals in a Real Madrid shirt.
Willy Caballero, the Malaga keeper, had just saved a penalty, which was both won and taken by the Portuguese forward, to prevent the milestone coming up so soon.
It proved a minor deterrent, though. Less the five minutes later, Ronaldo had the ball in the back of the net.
Los Blancos were awarded a free kick on the corner of the six-yard box, following a back pass that Caballero had picked up.
Xabi Alonso and Madrid's No. 7 stood over the ball, the former tipped it to the right and the latter did the rest.
The ball whistled into the top corner of the Malaga net.
Two hundred. Doscientos. Duzentos.
He becomes the sixth player to achieve the feat in a Madrid shirt; Raul Gonzalez, Alfredo Di Stefano, Santillana, Ferenc Puskas and Hugo Sanchez remain ahead of him in the club's all-time scorers table.
The goals have come in super fast time, too; signed from Manchester United in 2009 for a record-breaking fee, it has taken less than four years and only 197 appearances.
His first goal came in his first competitive appearance in La Liga, a 3-2 win against Deportivo La Coruna; he went on to score five in his first four league games.
Since then, it would be rude to expect people to have kept count of the amount that has scored—except there's so many people out there who do it for us these days.
There have been 146 in La Liga, 35 in the Champions League, 16 in the Copa del Rey and three in Supercopa de Espana.
LANDMARK: Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 200 GOALS for Real Madrid. Liga 146 Goals - CL 35 Goals - CdR 16 Goals - Supercopa 3 Goals.— Cristiano Ronaldo (@CristianoStats) May 8, 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo's 1.02 goals/game is the best rate of the 6 players w/ 200 for Real Madrid. Puskás next at 0.93.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) May 8, 2013
Often he's been referred to as a flat-track bully, but the importance of some of his goals demonstrates he's become more than just that.
His header against Barcelona in extra-time clinched the Copa del Rey in 2011, and you could argue it was the first sign that Jose Mourinho's Madrid were beginning to bridge the gap on their Catalan nemesis, too.
Or what about the 46 goals he scored to propel Los Blancos to the La Liga title last season?
He scored a hat trick against Atletico Madrid, and the winner at the Camp Nou effectively sealed the championship.
Then there were his two against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinal at the Bernabeu—also in 2011/12—although the Germans won on penalties on the night.
Into the current campaign, and he scored in six consecutive European matches—including both legs against his former employers, Manchester United.
There's no sign of the goals ending with the win over Malaga, either. Madrid still have a cup final and three league games to play.
Ronaldo will want to score in all four of them.
But tonight, he won't be blamed if he's got a satisfied smile on his face. The rate at which he's scored 200 goals has been quite spectacular, after all.
Here's to plenty more.
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How many more can he score for Madrid? Could he ever catch Raul?
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