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Ronaldo Surpasses 500-goal Plateau In Real Madrid Champions League Win

Ronaldo surpasses 500-goal plateau in Real Madrid Champions League win

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Updated Oct 01, 2015

Real Madrid forward passed 500 goals on Wednesday - here is an in-depth look at how he reached that milestone

Cristiano Ronaldo truly is a goal machine. With a Champions League brace on Wednesday night he surpassed 500 career goals for club and country, also joining Raul as Real Madrid’s highest ever scorer.

A delve into the story behind him making it halfway to a thousand goals reveals the extent of feats he has achieved over the course of the 13 years since he first scored as a bold, confident 17-year-old at Sporting Lisbon. In doing so he gave more than just a glimpse into the future:

He hit only five goals for the Portuguese side before Sir Alex Ferguson snapped him up for Manchester United, where he found the net 118 times in 292 appearances. Since moving to Real Madrid for a world record fee, he has scored at a truly astonishing rate, with 323 goals in 308 matches.

2013 has been his most prolific year to date, when he struck a whopping 69 times – perhaps benefitting from not having to carry his country’s hopes in a major tournament over the summer. That tally will take some beating, but with 42 already so far this year he could quite feasibly make it past 60 for a fifth consecutive year.

Although he bullies many of the lesser teams he comes up against – having hit 32 hat-tricks over the course of his career, as well as four goals three times and five in a game twice – he scores his fair share of important goals, too.

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