Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo Sets Champions League Goal-Scoring Record

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Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo Sets Champions League Goal-Scoring Record
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With his first of two goals during Tuesday's match against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo broke the record for most goals scored in a single Champions League season, per ESPN Stats & Info.

FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi held the previous record of 14, which he set during the 2011-12 tournament, and Ronaldo has now broken the record by two goals, with one match to play.

With their 5-0 aggregate win over Bayern Munich, who won the event last year, Real Madrid will face either in-town rival Atletico Madrid or English Premier League power Chelsea FC in the final, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal on May 24.

Ronaldo scored nine goals during the group stages, then scored twice in each leg of the round of 16 matchup with Schalke 04. He scored in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Borussia Dortmund but missed the second leg due to injury.

Bayern then held him scoreless in their first match, but he came back with a brace Tuesday to break the record and help Real Madrid advance to their first Champions League final since 2002.

Ronaldo also leads La Liga with 30 goals this season, three ahead of Messi and Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa.

The three clubs are also battling for the league title this season, with Atletico at the top of the table with 88 points, Barcelona second at 84 and Real Madrid in third with 82, although they do have a game in hand.

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