Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores his 40th goal to break Pichichi record and become highest goalscorer in a single La Liga season

CR7 has now officially smashed La Liga's record for the most goals scored in a single campaign after he found the net on the final day against Almeria
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has etched his name into Spanish football history after becoming the first player to score 40 goals in a single Primera Division season en route to claiming the Pichichi trophy.

In his 34th league game of the 2010-11 campaign, the Portuguese sensation found the target twice for his 39th and 40th goals of the league season against Almeria at the Santiago Bernabeu. It took just four minutes for him to bag the historic number 39 when he stabbed the ball home from close range at the back post after Sergio Ramos had headed a Xabi Alonso freekick across goal.

His second goal came in the 77th minute when he ran past a crowd of defenders before rifling a low shot from 20 yards out into the bottom corner.

He has now officially surpassed previous record-holders Telmo Zarra and Hugo Sanchez, who both amassed 38 goals in 30 and 35 league games respectively. However, Marca, who awards the Pichichi trophy, has credited Ronaldo with 41 goals for his freekick effort against Real Socieded in September which Spain’s National Professional Football League (LFP) gave to team-mate Pepe.

Ronaldo's brace against Almeria was also his 52nd and 53rd goals in all competitions - one more than Barcelona forward Lionel Messi - a record for a player in Spanish football. Both men have played a total of 54 games this term, but Messi will have a chance to equal or overtake CR7's 53-goal haul when he plays his 55th match of the season next Saturday in the Champions League final against Manchester United.

Here are the seven highest goalscorers in a single season in La Liga:

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 2010-11 40  
2. Telmo Zarra (Athletic Bilbao) 1950-51 38 
- Hugo Sanchez (Real Madrid) 1989-90 38
3. Baltazar (Atletico Madrid) 1988-89 35
4. Hugo Sanchez (Real Madrid) 1986-87 34
- Ronaldo (Barcelona) 1996-97 34
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 2009-10 34

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