After a victorious outing on Wednesday against Schalke 04, Real Madrid continued from where they stopped by beating Elche 2-0 and picking the vital three points, opening a four point lead ahead of Barcelona on the log table.
But it’s not the the scoreline that got me typing tonight, it’s that young lad from Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo. He seem to have a way of making one wonder if he’s actually real.
I dont know if you have wondered what he is actually made of just like I have pondered because he just won’t stop scoring goals, last night he reached a landmark number of 290 goals in 281 games in Real Madrid jersey, INCREDIBLE!!! Which is just a few goals shy from Madrid legends Gonzalez Raul and Di Stefano.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s header in the 2-0 win at Elche on Sunday saw the three-time Ballon d’Or winner draw level with Santillana on 290 goals for Real Madrid. The Portuguese now has just two players ahead of him on the scoring charts for Los Blancos: Alfredo Di Stefano and Raul.
Raul, now playing for New York Cosmos in the United States, believes Ronaldo will reach his record of 323 goals sooner rather than later.
“I’m certain he’ll break my record, just like he broke the Champions League record,” “the way he’s playing at Real Madrid right now, it’s just a question of time.
“Whether it’s one year, two years, three or four, surely he’ll do it. We’re talking about one of the best players in the history of football. There’s a big difference between Ronaldo and (Lionel Messi) and everyone else in the world.”
While Messi had a bad day at the office as Barcelona lost to Malaga, Ronaldo was clearly in the mood after ending his recent mini-drought with a goal against Schalke in the Champions League. He hit the post with a curler early on, forced Elche goalkeeper Tyton into a smart save soon afterwards and was a constant threat for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Madrid went in on level terms at the break despite their first-half dominance in which Karim Benzema had been unfortunate to see his overhead kick ruled out for offside. But the Frenchman took advantage of a fortuitous rebound to tap Real in front in the second half after Cristiano’s centre. The Portuguese headed home a superb cross from Isco to take his goal tally up another notch.
The Portuguese drew level with Santillana on 290 goals for Madrid, but the legendary Spain striker needed 645 matches to reach that tally, while Ronaldo has achieved it in just 281 games.
Since he was overtaken by Messi on goals scored this season, Ronaldo has responded again as the two finest footballers in the world inspire each other to even greater heights. And Cristiano is now back in front: 38-37.
Messi may catch and overtake Ronaldo yet this term, but nobody at Madrid will come close. Providing he stays at the club beyond the summer, Cristiano is set to obliterate Real’s all-time record for goals scored as he closes in on legends Di Stefano (308 goals) and Raul (323). In fact, he may even achieve it in 2014-15.
Ancelotti also reached a landmark as he took charge of his 100th Madrid match. The Italian has won 78 of those and his win percentage is the finest in the club’s history, one better than the 77 managed by previous boss Jose Mourinho.
“We have done well in these 100 games,” the 55-year-old said afterwards. “Now I hope we will do even better in the next 100!”
And between the sticks, goalkeeper Iker Casillas was appearing in his 500th Liga game for Real. Solid and dependable on Sunday following his shaky showing in the recent derby defeat at Atletico, the club captain’s legend status at the Santiago Bernabeu is beyond question, even if his short-term future is.
It was truly a night Madrid set aside to wipe and set new records, one hopes that this records lasts, and serve as a source of inspiration for upcoming and future footballers. But for that young man called Cristiano Ronaldo, like Raul rightly said, “he’s not stopping anytime soon”, so we should expect more records to be broken and set. Hala Madrid!!!