The Portugal international attacker netted his milestone goal on 22 minutes with a trademark free kick, rifling in a dipping, curling shot from 20 yards out to give his side a 2-0 lead over the Yellow Submarine.
It was Ronaldo’s 37th strike in the league this campaign and 50th in all competitions, making him only the second player in Spanish football to break the 50-goal-a-season mark. His close rival, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, was the first when he reached the landmark on April 23, 2011 against Osasuna.
With just one more round of matches left in La Liga this campaign, Ronaldo can also equal and even break Hugo Sanchez’s record of 38 league goals in a single season.
The Mexican legendary striker scored that many goals in 1989-1990 while featuring for Madrid, equaling the feat set by Telmo Zarra for Athletic Bilbao in 1950-51.
However, Zarra scored 38 goals in 30 matches at the time and although Ronaldo could well break this record with Madrid to host Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu next week, he would fail on games to goals ratio. Nevertheless, the 26-year-old has already bettered the accomplishment of Brazilian legend Ronaldo (47), Zarra (48) and Hungary's Ferenc Puskas (49).
Here is the list of players who have scored 50 or more goals in a single European season.
|Gerd Muller||Bayern Munich||1972-73||55|
|Gerd Muller||Bayern Munich||1971-72||50|
|Cristiano Ronaldo||Real Madrid||2010-11||50|
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