Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for the most goals scored in the Champions League in a calendar year, as Real Madrid routed Apoel Nicosia in Cyprus.
The Portuguese star struck twice in his side’s 6-0 victory to take his European tally for 2017 to 18, breaking the previous best of 16 – a record set by none other than the 32-year-old himself in 2015.
With Real leading 4-0 at half-time through goals from Modric, Nacho and Benzema (x2), the contest was all but over at the break, but Ronaldo was not content with riding out the second stanza, firing home twice.
While the manner and clinical nature of their victory will impress coach Zinedine Zidane, Los Blancos will only progress to the knockout stages as Group H runners-up after Tottenham secured top spot with a from-behind victory away at Borussia Dortmund.
That fact is sure to keep Ronaldo and his Real Madrid teammates grounded heading into the last 16 of the tournament they’ve won twice on the bounce.