Champions League

Five-star Ronaldo takes aim at Shakhtar

2015-09-14 15:30
Cristiano Ronaldo (AP Photo)

Madrid - Cristiano Ronaldo has more goalscoring records in his sights when Real Madrid get their Champions League campaign underway at home to Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday.

Ronaldo became Los Blancos' all-time top goalscorer in La Liga on Saturday with five goals in a 6-0 rout of Espanyol to move ahead of club legends Raul and Alfredo di Stefano.

The World Player of the Year is now just five adrift of also surpassing Raul's record as Madrid's top scorer in all competitions having played more than 400 games fewer than the Spaniard in a Madrid shirt.

Moreover, he has the chance to edge ahead of Lionel Messi as the top scorer in the history of the Champions League with the world's two best players currently locked on 77 goals apiece.

"Someone who scores so many goals has their place in history forever like Raul or Di Stefano," said Madrid boss Rafael Benitez.

"I think we are speaking of three historic players and I hope Cristiano continues adding to his tally for his good and the good of the team."

The thrashing of Espanyol means Benitez's men have scored 11 times in their last two matches, dispelling pre-season fears that the former Liverpool and Chelsea manager would insist on a more defensive approach this season.

One of Benitez's biggest tasks when he was handed the job was to get the best out of Gareth Bale after a disappointing second season at the Bernabeu.

The Welshman has flourished in a more central role so far this season and was involved in five of Madrid's six goals at the weekend despite failing to get on the scoresheet himself.

"Now I feel involved in the play and I think that is showing in the games that I am able to assist goals and score goals," said Bale.

"We are working hard on the training ground and on the pitch and it's coming together. We just want to score as many goals as we can."

Another flood of goals could be on the cards at the Bernabeu against a Shakhtar side weakened by the ongoing unstable political situation in Ukraine.

 

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Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Lokomotiv Moscow v Bayer Leverkusen, Lokomotiv Stadium 19:55
Galatasaray v Club Brugge, Turk Telekom Arena 19:55
Juventus v Atletico Madrid, Allianz Stadium 22:00
Atalanta v Dinamo Zagreb, Atleti Azzurri d'Italia 22:00
Manchester City v Shakhtar Donetsk, Etihad Stadium 22:00
Real Madrid v Paris SG, Santiago Bernabeu 22:00
Red Star Belgrade v Bayern Munchen, Stadion Rajko Mitic 22:00
Tottenham Hotspur v Olympiacos, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium 22:00
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Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon, Saint Petersburg Stadium 19:55
Liverpool v Napoli, Anfield 22:00
Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund, Camp Nou 22:00
Slavia Prague v Inter Milan, Eden Arena 22:00
Genk v Red Bull Salzburg, Luminus Arena 22:00
RB Leipzig v Benfica, Red Bull Arena 22:00
Lille v Ajax, Stade Pierre-Mauroy 22:00
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Napoli v Genk, San Paolo 19:55
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Lyon v RB Leipzig, Groupama Stadium 22:00
Inter Milan v Barcelona, San Siro 22:00
Borussia Dortmund v Slavia Prague, Signal Iduna Park 22:00
Chelsea v Lille, Stamford Bridge 22:00
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Bayern Munchen v Tottenham Hotspur, Allianz Arena 22:00
Bayer Leverkusen v Juventus, BayArena 22:00
Club Brugge v Real Madrid, Jan Breydel Stadion 22:00
Olympiacos v Red Star Belgrade, Karaiskakis Stadium 22:00
Paris SG v Galatasaray, Parc des Princes 22:00
Atletico Madrid v Lokomotiv Moscow, Wanda Metropolitano 22:00
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