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Cristiano Ronaldo – Champion of the Champions League

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As Madrid progress into the quarterfinals for the 6th consecutive year, Ronaldo will relish the opportunity of adding to his Champions League tally of goals and records.

With every touch of the ball, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to fell a record or more. Stepping onto the Bernabeu pitch for Real Madrid’s 2nd leg round of 16 clash against AS Roma, Ronaldo became the player with the most number of appearances in knockout stages of the Champions League. The Portuguese international overtook former Barcelona star Xavi (56 appearances) and marked his 57th appearance with a goal.

Incidentally, Ronaldo also happens to be the highest goal scorer in the knockout stages of the Champions League with 41 goals to his name. Earlier this season, he scored 11 goals during the group stages of the Champions League to break his own record of 9 goals scored during Madrid’s 2013/14 La Decima season. Ronaldo was instrumental in bringing the 10th title to the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 17 goals during the campaign – the most any player has scored in a single Champions League season. He also happens to be the tournament’s all-time leading scorer with 91 goals in 127 appearances.

The Portuguese also holds the record for the longest scoring run in successive Champions League matches, having netted in 8 successive matches. He was also the first player to score ten or more goals in four successive Champions League seasons.

As Madrid progress into the quarterfinals for the 6th consecutive year, Ronaldo will relish the opportunity of adding to his Champions League tally of goals and records. Virtually out of the La Liga race and disqualified from the Copa Del Rey, Madrid’s only realistic chance of silverware this season is the Champions League and with Ronaldo in their ranks, the Whites can remain optimistic.

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