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Rafa hails record-breaking Ronaldo

2015-10-01 08:22
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Malmo - Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez lauded the historic feats of Cristiano Ronaldo after he netted his 500th career and goal and levelled Raul as the club's all-time leading scorer with a double against Malmo on Wednesday.

The three-time World Player of the Year has now scored 501 goals in 753 career games, including 323 for Madrid despite playing over 400 games fewer for the Spanish giants than Raul.

According to club records, though, Ronaldo is already Madrid's top scorer of all-time as they add a goal officially awarded by the Spanish league to Pepe in a 2-1 defeat of Real Sociedad in 2010.

"He has surpassed Raul, who was a phenomenon and that shows that he has scored a lot of goals," said Madrid coach Rafael Benitez.

"Hopefully, he has no limits. I said he was unquestionable in the past and his merit is what he has done in far less time than the rest. That adds more value to what he has achieved."

Ronaldo's return to goalscoring form was a relief for the Portuguese and Benitez after a frustrating 0-0 draw at home to Malaga on Saturday in which Ronaldo had 14 attempts on goal.

Madrid were far from their best in Sweden as Benitez took the chance to rotate his squad ahead of Sunday's Madrid derby away to Atletico.

Ronaldo opened the scoring just before the half hour mark with a cool finish, but the visitors had to wait until the final minute to secure the three points when Ronaldo prodded home Lucas Vazquez's cross.

However, Benitez was pleased to get the three points which allowed Madrid to join Paris Saint-Germain atop Group A with maximum points from two games.

"The team was a lot better than against Malaga. We had 75 percent possession. We could have avoided some occasions where we gave the ball away, but those are the words of a coach that will never be happy," said Benitez.

"They started to press high and sent a lot of long balls. Anything could have happened, so it was important to get the second goal."

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