Cristiano Ronaldo racks up 50 goals for the season

Portugal international has added another milestone to his Bernabeu career after scoring his 50th goal of the season at Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 50th goal of the season on Sunday evening during Real Madrid's clash against Villarreal at El Madrigal in the Primera Division.

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.

       Player      Club Season Goals
Dixie Dean Everton 1927-28  67
Ferenc Deak Ferencvaros 1948-49  66
Gyula Zsengeller
1938-39  56
Fred Roberts
Glentoran 1931-32  55
Gerd Muller Bayern Munich 1972-73  55
Mario Jardel
Sporting Lisbon
2001-02  55
Henrik Larsson
Celtic 2000-01  53
William MacFadyen
Motherwell 1932-33
Lionel Messi Barcelona 2010-11  52
Jimmy McGrory
Celtic 1935-36  50
Joe Bambrick
Linfield 1929-30  50
Gerd Muller Bayern Munich 1971-72  50
Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid 2010-11  50

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