Cristiano Ronaldo makes history with Real Madrid

Jun 22, 2014; Manaus, Amazonas, BRAZIL; Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) during their 2014 World Cup game against the United States at Arena Amazonia. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal with Real Madrid on Tuesday, becoming the first player in history to do so in UEFA competitions. His record-setting goal was one of the six Real Madrid hammered home against Apoel Nicosia. He finished the night with a pair of goals, while seeing teammate Karim Benzema notch a hat trick during the win.

Ronaldo has been with Real Madrid since the 2009-2010 season, having scored double-digit goals in UEFA competition each of the last seven years. He has scored 10 times this year alone. Despite his usual dominance in league play, Ronaldo has scored just once in eight games to open play in 2017-18. He has yet to play a season with the club in which he has not scored at least 25 goals.

The Portugal native has had an epic football career in Europe, having totaled 116 goals and counting between Real Madrid and Manchester United in UEFA play. He dominated the ranks of Portugal and its national team program, debuting first in 2003, having made 147 appearances to date.

He first made his jump to the upper echelon of the soccer world when he appeared for Manchester United in 2003-04. He spent six seasons there before departing England for Spain and turning the scoring up a notch. Through 273 league games with Madrid, he has 286 goals.

The achievement is yet another addition to a career that already includes four FIFA Ballon d’Or trophies. A goal-scoring machine, he has netted more than 600 senior career goals for either the club he has appeared with or Portugal.

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