Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks Lionel Messi's Champions League Goal Record

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2014

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Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Lionel Messi's all-time record for the most goals in a single Champions League season after notching his 15th score.

The Portuguese superstar, who remained on 14 strikes before the semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, scored in the 33rd minute to surpass a record set by Milan's Jose "Mazzola" Altafini in the 1962-63 season and equalled by Messi in 2011-12, as reported by Fox Soccer:

Ronaldo now holds the greatest haul of goals in any Champions League campaign, a record that also extends to the old European Cup. The Real Madrid forward is set to finish this year's competition as top scorer, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain next closest on 10.

Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa is Ronaldo's closest competitor still remaining in this year's tournament. The Spanish international has racked up seven goals throughout Atletico's ascension to the semi-final and will look to improve his total during Wednesday's match against Chelsea.

As noted by Peter McVitie of Goal.com, Ronaldo's potency isn't the only match-winning weapon Real possess, as "Madrid have three players in the top 10 of the goalscorers chart."

Ronaldo's form has remained consistently deadly during each of his 10 appearances. He began Los Blancos' run with a devastating hat-trick away at Galatasaray, following this with a cool brace in the home win over Copenhagen.

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Ronaldo then asserted Madrid's position in Group B with both goals during the 2-1 win over Juventus, later adding another strike in Turin's reverse fixture. The former Manchester United star followed this with a goal just after half-time to ensure another victory over Copenhagen, scoring a record of nine in the group stage, per Yahoo Eurosport

Madrid eased beyond Schalke in the round of 16, with Ronaldo netting four to inflate an aggregate scoreline of 9-2. Braces in each match gave the German side little hope and outlined Real as favourites heading into the quarter-final with Borussia Dortmund.

Taking to the Bernabeu once more, Ronaldo scored the final goal of Real's 3-0 first-leg win. This turned out to be a pivotal strike, as Dortmund's 2-0 victory during the second tie couldn't quite match the firepower deployed by their opponents during the initial fixture.

MADRID, SPAIN - APRIL 23:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid shoots during the UEFA Champions League semi-final first leg match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Muenchen at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on April 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Mike
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The only Champions League match Ronaldo failed to score in (in which he played) this season was the semi-final first leg against Bayern.

This year's Ballon d'Or winner will be more than pleased to have secured himself another piece of history.

Both he and Messi are likely to challenge the current record for the next few years, so Ronaldo would be wise to continue upping his game in Europe's elite competition.


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