Cristiano Ronaldo only behind Raul, overtakes Di Stefano in Real Madrid scoring chart

Cristiano Ronaldo moved ahead of Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano in the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart on Sunday evening.

Ronaldo, 30, scored yet another hat trick in the 4-1 win at Espanyol which moved him onto 310 goals from his 299 games, and the three-time Ballon d’Or winner is now closing in on record goal-scorer Raul who left the club in 2010 with 323 goals from 741 games.


1. Raul – 323
2. Cristiano Ronaldo – 310
3. Alfredo Di Stefano – 307
4. Santillana – 290
5. Ferenc Puskas – 242

Real Madrid say that Di Stefano scored 308 goals in 396 games, though official statistics place him on 307 — the club attribute a goal scored in a Copa Del Rey game against Betis in 1962-63 to Di Stefano while other outlets give it to Ferenc Puskas. Carlos Santillana, who played between 1971-88, bagged 290 in 645 games while Puskas managed 242 in 262 games between 1958-66.

Ronaldo‘s treble at Espanyol was the 26th of his Madrid career, which saw move two clear of Barcelona’s Lionel Messi for the all-tie record of La Liga hat tricks. With this hattrick, Ronaldo is almost set to bag another European Golden shoe, 3rd with Madrid and 4th overall.

Here is the Golden Shoe Standings with a game to go in Spanish League.

On Wednesday against Juventus, Ronaldo equalled Messi once more in the battle to become the top scorer in Champions League history. The pair have been outscoring each other all season but the Portugal international has now tied Messi on 77.

Cristiano Ronaldo primed for new historic Real Madrid record

Former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo is one goal away from beating Real Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano’s all-time scoring record of 307 goals.

The Portuguese winger moved to Madrid in the summer of 2009, trading the Red Devils for the Santiago Bernabeu for a then world record transfer fee.

During his time in the Spanish capital, Ronaldo has scored for fun and broken numerous records in the process, including becoming the Champions League’s all-time top scorer alongside Lionel Messi.

His goal scoring record has defied belief at times, but remarkably he has yet to topple Madrid’s all-time scoring list led by Raul with a whopping 323 goals in 741 appearances.

However, Ronaldo isn’t too far behind and one more goal will see him move ahead of currently tied second-placed Alfredo di Stefano, who managed 307 strikes in 396 appearances.

The opponent standing in his way this weekend is Barcelona’s city rivals Espanyol, a talented side but one which hasn’t tasted victory against Los Blancos in their last 16 encounters.

While the season might be over for Carlo Ancelotti’s side in terms of trophies, for Ronaldo there is still personal glory to be had and a target to hit which will at least keep him motivated and at the top of his game.

With two La Liga games remaining, the 30-year-old leads Argentine superstar Messi with 42 goals to 40 in the race to land the prestigious Pichichi trophy awarded to the Spanish top-flight’s top marksman.

Coach Ancelotti defends Cristiano Ronaldo’s Goal Obsession

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has said that forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored so many goals because of his character and his sheer desire to improve.

Ronaldo left the pitch shaking his head in disappointment after he failed to score for his second consecutive match even though Real Madrid defeated Almeria 3-0 earlier this week.

The reigning European champions are currently sitting second in the table and are two points shy of table toppers Barcelona with four rounds of games remaining in the league this term.

Ancelotti’s side will face Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium tonight. The Italian was asked if Ronaldo’s obsession with goal scoring is good for him and replied that it has served him well so far.

He’s scored all those goals because he has character”, Ancelotti was quoted as saying by AS.

Cristiano is never happy with how he’s doing, he always wants to improve and that’s why he scores so many goals.”

Ronaldo has not been immune to criticism from the Santiago Bernabeu faithful and when Ancelotti was asked if the Real Madrid fans were right in whistling the Portuguese, the Italian said that a lack of respect for Ronaldo from Los Blancos’ supporters surprises him.

I don’t understand how the Bernabeu can whistle Cristiano.”

Ronaldo joins Real greats in 300 club with his historic 5 goal haul

A five-goal haul in Sunday’s 9-1 win over Granada saw Cristiano Ronaldo join Real Madrid’s 300 club alongside Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Cristiano Ronaldo moved to 300 goals for Real Madrid on Sunday as he scored five times in their 9-1 rout of Granada.

The Ballon d’Or holder registered an eight-minute hat-trick before half-time – the quickest treble of his Real career – and then added two more after the break at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo‘s fifth goal – an injury-time header – took him to 300 goals for the club, making him the third player to achieve that feat after Real legends Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Former Spain skipper Raul scored 323 goals in 741 games for Real, while Di Stefano‘s tally stands at 308 from 396 outings.

Ronaldo reached the 300 mark in an astounding 287 games, with 214 of those goals coming in La Liga. The Portugal captain has 60 to his name in the UEFA Champions League, as well as 21 in the Copa del Rey, three in the Supercopa de Espana and two in the European Super Cup.

After his stunning display on Sunday, Ronaldo tweeted: ”Happy to have scored 5 goals with this excellent team work. Thank you for all your support.”

Ronaldo now sits eighth in La Liga’s all-time scoring charts, having overtaken Pahino, who scored 211 times in 278 games for Real, Celta Vigo and Deportivo La Coruna in the 1940s and 50s.

Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo scores historic five goals against Granada Fortsätt läsa Ronaldo joins Real greats in 300 club with his historic 5 goal haul

BBC better than the last year, say Real Madrid

The FIFA backed CIES Football Observatory have published their rankings of the best performing players in football right now, or at least, since 1st January and who have appeared in at least 66% of games during that period.

When it comes to the attacking department, the CIES list of stellar performing forwards, featured all three of the ‘MSN‘ trio of Lionel Messi (1st), Luis Suarez(4th) and Neymar (12th), demonstrating that the Barcelona trident can rightly claim to be the most fearsome over recent months.

In stark contrast and amidst the plethora of Spanish media criticism, the Real Madrid trio fared somewhat poorly. 2014 Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo ranked a measly 29th, whilst Gareth Bale didn’t impress either, ranking 35th, closely followed by Karim Benzema in 37th.

Since winning the FIFA Club World Cup in December 2014, Real Madrid have suffered a notable dip in performance, with their ‘BBC‘ attack notably misfiring by comparison with the superb form they demonstrated during the first half of the season.

Seemingly in a direct response to the recent media criticism of their stellar threesome, and this CIES report, Real Madrid responded with a somewhat convenient offering of their own data, via their official club website, highlighting that the three players have ‘bettered’ their appearance and goal numbers this season, compared to the 2013-14 campaign in La Liga, stating:

Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have already bettered their figures from their first La Liga season together at Real Madrid. During the present championship campaign, they have appeared together in 21 games (always as starters), scoring 42 times, more than half of the team’s goals so far in the competition.”

”The BBC began their life together at Real Madrid on matchday four of the 2013/14 season, in El Madrigal. In a match that ended in a draw with Villarreal, Gareth Bale, on his debut for the Whites, and Cristiano Ronaldo were the goalscorers. The three players featured in 19 La Liga games together, during which time they notched up 39 goals and 11 victories.”

Indeed, the numbers quoted by the official Real Madrid website hold true, suggesting that whilst reports such as those by the CIES might be a valid overview of most recent form, their ‘BBC’ has clearly improved in La Liga at least, compared to last season.

However, four points behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the title race, Real Madrid will still need to see the very best of performances from Bale, Benzema and particularly Cristiano Ronaldo, if they’re to recover lost ground. With ten games of the campaign remaining, there’s still time.

Bale, Ronaldo declared fully fit after ‘precautionary’ training week

Real Madrid will receive a huge boost for their Sunday league game against Villarreal with the confirmed returns of midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Both Ronaldo and Bale, as well as Rafael Varane, had missed full sessions this week for “various precautionary reasons”, according to ESPN FC. Bale did some solo work and Ronaldo went to the gym during Thursday’s practice.

The club released a statement regarding the former Tottenham standout’s availability for matchday.

Gareth Bale took his place with the group and completed with the others a training session which was again based around working with the ball,” a Real Madrid statement says. “The only absences from the session were Sergio RamosSami Khedira and James Rodriguez, who continue with their recovery processes.”

Rodriquez broke his foot in a Feb.4 contest versus Sevilla, while  Ramos is out until next month with a torn hamstring. Khedira could feature in the match, however, and Luka Modric may make his long-awaited appearance.

Benzema & Ronaldo stars as Real Madrid Go 4 Points Clear

Cristiano Ronaldo‘s bullet header helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory over a physical Elche side on Sunday as they extended their lead at the top of La Liga to four points.

With Barcelona suffering a shock defeat at home to Malaga on Saturday, Real had a chance to move four points clear and they grabbed it with second-half goals by Karim Benzema and Ronaldo.

Video: Cristiano Ronaldo Bullet Header vs Elche (Feb 22, 2015)

Although the Portugal forward struck a curling shot against the post after four minutes, Real struggled to break down a team that worked hard and were guilty of some aggressive challenges.

Benzema was unlucky to have a spectacular overhead kick ruled out due to a questionable offside call but he did knock a loose ball in from close range after 56 minutes.

Ronaldo then sealed the victory with a powerful header into the top corner from an Isco cross after 70 minutes.

It was a welcome goal for Ronaldo who has suffered a dip in form since Christmas following an electrifying start to the season and has now moved joint third in Real’s all-time list.

The Portuguese now has 290 goals and is level with Carlos Santillana, while Raul is out in front on 323.

We’re trying to rediscover our best form and we know that in a short amount of time everything can change,” Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who celebrated his 500th La Liga match, told reporters.

We received a lot of criticism but now the situation is more relaxed but this situation is normal playing for Real Madrid.

Our attitude has always been right and it is usual that you have ups and downs in form. When you are down it is when you have to be more united and that has been the case.

Real once again started by deploying Lucas Silva in midfield with James Rodriguez and Sami Khedira injured and Asier Illarramendi still out of favour with coach Carlos Ancelotti.

Ronaldo was unfortunate with his early strike from the left of the area that hit the woodwork but he then fluffed a shot with the goal gaping after being found by Gareth Bale.

The visitors pushed forward and the Elche rearguard resorted to some combative tackles to keep them at bay.

Fullback Eduardo Albacar was booked midway through the first half after several fouls on Bale on the wing. Then early in the second half Aaron Niguez should have been dismissed for a reckless two-footed lunge on the Welshman.

While Benzema‘s acrobatic effort was ruled out in the first half he scored with a more mundane goal when he tapped in after a David Lomban clearance rebounded off keeper Przemyslaw Tyton and fell to the France striker.

Fortsätt läsa Benzema & Ronaldo stars as Real Madrid Go 4 Points Clear

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Real Madrid’s highest away goal scorer

Real Madrid may have ended one record in Sunday evening’s loss to Valencia, but Cristiano Ronaldo claimed a new record scoring his 88th goal away from the Santiago Bernabeu, passing the legendary Raul’s total of 87.

In the 13th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and fired a penalty past Diego Alves and into the history books, even though it would be the only highlight for Los Blancos before Valencia put an end to their historic 22-game winning streak.

Cristiano’s 88 goals in 91 away games surpasses Raul’s mark of 87, followed by Di Stéfano at 71 and Hugo Sánchez at 70.

Cristiano is hoping his goal-scoring form will continue as the team prepares to face cross-town rivals, Atletico Mardrd in their Copa del Rey tie this week.
In Pictures: Cristiano Ronaldo – Valencia vs Real Madrid (Jan 4, 2015)

Fortsätt läsa Cristiano Ronaldo becomes Real Madrid’s highest away goal scorer

Real Madrid coasts into 2015 Club World Cup final

European champions Real Madrid turned on the party tricks as they sailed into the Club World Cup final by crushing Cruz Azul 4-0 in Marrakech, on Tuesday.

The Mexican side, with far more limited resources than the Spanish giants, did their best to make a game of it and missed a first-half penalty but were chasing shadows from the moment Gareth Bale headed the third goal five minutes into the second half.

Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema were on target in the opening half before Bale and Isco completed the scoring as Real received fanatical backing from the Marrakech crowd.

Cristiano Ronaldo failed to get on the scoresheet but had the crowd in raptures in the second period when he met a cross on the half volley with a ‘rabona’ effort that goalkeeper Jose Corona did well to save.

Real, however, left themselves open to criticism for excessive showboating and even the initial enthusiasm of the fans died down as the game went on.

They next meet South American champions San Lorenzo or Oceania champions Auckland City, who face each other on Wednesday, in Saturday’s final in Marrakech.

”The game was still open at 2-0 with the penalty but we didn’t concede and it was an efficient performance from us,” Real coach Carlo Ancelotti told Spanish television.

”Ronaldo didn’t score but he is always there helping the team and creating chances.”

Real quickly took control against the CONCACAF champions and an early goal was on the cards.

Ronaldo was denied at point-blank range by Corona and Benzema shaved the post before the keeper misjudged a Toni Kroos free kick and Ramos headed home.

Cruz Azul responded well but failed to make the most of their openings. Joao Rojas took too long over a shot, then Rojas and Mariano Pavone got in each other’s way after Christian Gimenez’s incisive pass opened up the Real defence.

Benzema added the second goal in the 35th minute before Cruz Azul were awarded a penalty when Pavone went down under a challenge by Ramos, the Real defender appearing to grab his opponent’s hair.

Former Mexico midfielder Gerardo Torrado‘s weak effort was then saved by Casillas and that proved the end of his team’s challenge.

Bale, unmarked at the far post, headed the third goal in the 50th minute and Isco slalomed his way through the Cruz Azul defence for the fourth.

Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid coasts into 2015 Club World Cup final

Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona. Ronaldo leads Madrid’s comeback win over Barca

Luis Suarez, 123 days after he sunk his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup, started for Barcelona for the first time since his £75million move from Liverpool.

But it was a wretched return for the Uruguayan, as Real came from behind to close the gap to one point on leaders Barca.

Inevitably, Cristiano Ronaldo scored – he always does at home – with Pepe and Karim Benzema adding the decisive blows in a one-sided second half.

Barcelona had rolled their tanks on to the Bernabeu turf with Lionel Messi, Suarez and Neymar in attack showing the confidence of a team that has won here four times in their last six visits.

Facing down those Catalan guns was £303m worth of Real talent, with free-scoring Ronaldo the spearhead.

It promised to be a cracking El Clasico and it delivered, Barca taking the lead inside four minutes with Suarez the provider.

He fed Neymar on the edge of the penalty area and the Brazilian chested down the ball, took a step inside and hammered it past Iker Casillas.

The Bernabeu fell into a stunned silence, except for the 500 Barca fans perched high in one corner, who were delirious.

Messi, unlike the celebrating away fans, was largely kept quiet.

Indeed, his main contribution a nasty tackle on the impressive Toni Kroos that rightly brought a yellow card.

The Argentine then missed a glorious chance from eight yards after Suarez again delivered a clinical pass from the right wing.

Real kept coming, Ronaldo furious not to get a penalty after running into Sergio Busquets. Barca were not so fortunate minutes later when again Marcelo broke free down the left, he crossed low, Gerard Pique slipped and handled the ball on the ground.

Ronaldo slotted in the penalty with the calmness of a man in such rich form – it was his 22nd goal of the season and maintained his run of scoring in every home league game since September of last year.

It was the first time Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo had been beaten in the league this season.

Real cracked open Bravo’s vault again only five minutes into the second half and they did it very simply – Pepe rising unchallenged to send an unstoppable header into the bottom corner from Kroos’ corner.

Facts from Saturday’s Clasico which Real Madrid won after beating Barcelona 3-1.

– Real Madrid have won two Clasicos in a row with Iker Casillas as captain for the first time in all competitions.

– The last team to have scored as many goals in the opening nine games of a La Liga season were also Real Madrid in 1959/60 (33).

– Karim Benzema has scored four goals in his last three league games against Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu.

– Neymar has scored his last eight goals for Barcelona from just nine shots on target in all competitions.

– Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last 11 games, his best run scoring for Real Madrid.

– Karim Benzema is the only player to have hit the woodwork twice against Barcelona in a La Liga game (2003-2014).

– Real Madrid have scored more fast break goals than any other team in La Liga this season (four goals).

– Lionel Messi has been booked seven times vs Real Madrid, three more than versus any other side in all competitions.

– Toni Kroos is the Real Madrid top assister in La Liga this season with five, three of them from set pieces.

– Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 16 of his last 17 league appearances (25 goals).

The third goal came from an unlikely source – a Barcelona corner; Ivan Rakitic with his first touch skidding a low ball to the edge of the area with Andres Iniesta then trying a flicked pass that Isco intercepted and Real were away.

Isco passed a little short for Ronaldo, but he simply swivelled, played it square to James Rodriguez, who slid in Benzema.

It was training ground stuff past an exposed defence and Benzema finished emphatically.

Suarez, who had scored on his debut for his last three clubs, was sacrificed in the 69th minute – he had run himself ragged and showed some clever turns and touches but he will have better days.

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Fortsätt läsa Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona. Ronaldo leads Madrid’s comeback win over Barca