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.
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.