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Cristiano Ronaldo sets Champions League record with wonder goal against Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo’s quickest ever goal for Real Madrid against Juventus in the Champions League saw him set another stunning scoring standard.

football Updated: Apr 04, 2018 12:16 IST
By Matt Dorman
By Matt Dorman
Omnisport, Turin
Cristiano Ronaldo,Champions League,Real Madrid
Cristiano Ronaldo (C) scores during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on April 3, 2018.(AFP)

Cristiano Ronaldo snared another slice of history by becoming the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League games with his early opener Tuesday against Juventus.

Real Madrid’s star marksman poked home Isco’s low cross in just the third minute of the quarterfinal clash — at two minutes, 47 seconds it was the quickest of his 118 in the Champions League — to become the first player to extend a scoring streak into double figures.

The goal also was Cristiano Ronaldo’s 38th in all competitions this term, a superior tally to any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, a staggering 22 of which have come in 2018 alone.

Equally astonishing is the Portugal talisman’s overall record in the Champions League’s last eight, with this first-leg effort moving him onto 21 quarter-final goals — as many as Juve’s all-time total at the same stage.

Ronaldo already is the competition’s most prolific player and is on course to top the scoring charts for the seventh time in his career.

First Published: Apr 04, 2018 12:11 IST