Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo owned a goalscoring record in his side’s victory against a hapless Borussia Dortmund on Thursday. The goal machine has now found the back of the net at least once in all the six games of the Champions League group stage this season, becoming the first ever player to achieve the remarkable feat. In front of a superb Bernabeu crowd, the Portuguese forward struck home a brilliant shot from 20 yards in the 12th minute of the game to take his goal tally to a whopping 9 goals in the elite European competition.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his sensational run against Real and scored twice only to eventually be on the losing side as Lucas Vazquez stepped up to bag the winner for the reigning champions, just nine minutes before full time. Dortmund with the loss finished on the 3rd spot in the Group H. The German giants avoided the last place to Apoel Nicosia who were thrashed 3-0 by Tottenham on goal difference. Ronaldo’s long effort was the main highlight of the clash as he wrote history with the long-range effort despite being able to push his side on top of the group.
Contrary to the European competition, Real Madrid have struggled to make an impact in the La Liga as they sit on the fourth spot, five points behind arch-rivals Barcelona. However, Real Madrid had booked a spot in the Champions League last-16 as the group runners-up behind only table-toppers Tottenham Hotspurs. No other player except for the Portuguese phenomenon has been able to score in each of the Champion League group stages encounters before Ronaldo. This was the 32-year-old’s 114th Champions League goal becoming the highest scorer ever in the competition. Real Madrid will now be up against a table topper when they take the field in their last-16 clash.