Cristiano Ronaldo nets 50th goal of the season

The Portuguese superstar reached a half-century of strikes this campaign as he netted a stunning free-kick against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored his 50th goal of the season in Real Madrid's Primera Division clash against Atletico at the Vicente Calderon on Wednesday night.

The Portuguese superstar reached the iconic milestone after his strike in the 25th minute, when he lashed a brilliant swerving free-kick past a static Thibaut Courtois from fully 30 yards.

His effort was his 38th La Liga goal in 2011-12 in just 32 appearances, reaching a half-century of strikes in all competitions in just 47 outings for the capital giants.

Ronaldo netted 53 goals in 54 appearances last season, and with six league games left to play in the current campaign, coupled with Los Blancos' continued participation in the Champions League, he is well placed to surpass his own total over the next few weeks.

On Saturday, Barcelona star Lionel Messi notched his 60th goal of the season in the Catalans' 4-1 demolition of Zaragoza, becoming the first player since Bayern Munich legend Gerd Muller to reach the illustrious figure.