Ronaldo scored twice against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night to give Madrid a first-leg lead in their Champions League quarter-final, as they continue to find success both home and overseas. "To be able to reach this mark is an honor and against a team like Bayern it is better still", Ronaldo, who scored both goals, told BeIN Sport Spain.
That was Ronaldo's only goal in his first 32 European games for Sporting Lisbon and United, but he has now reached three figures from only 143 matches - all but three of which have come in the Champions League proper.
Ronaldo's second-half goals allowed him to end a six-game scoring drought in the Champions League, and kept Real on track to defend their European title.
"We are still alive, we are not dead. We believe we can still do it", Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said.
Bayern's Arturo Vidal opened the scoring and missed a penalty before Ronaldo volleyed the equaliser in the 47th minute and scored the victor 13 minutes from time when he was picked out by Marco Asenio and finished calmly.
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Ronaldo has 24 more goals than Real legend and former captain Raul, who managed 76 goals in 158 games. I'm so pleased. I want to thank Real Madrid for the chance to have such a brilliant career at the club and to my teammates too. We're backing Under 2.5 Goals at 2.6.
Vidal could have given the host a two-goal cushion from the spot in first-half stoppage time following Dani Carvajal's handball, but he blazed the penalty over the bar.
I'd describe yesterday's goals in a very simple way: incredible.
The reigning champions went on to triumph 2-1, though their hero insisted the tie is far from over ahead of Tuesday's return. "For the second leg he will 100% be back".
A Paulo Dybala double ensured Juventus took a massive step towards the semi-finals after a commanding win over Barcelona in Turin. Two goals in the first half by the Argentine gave the Italians a commanding lead before Chiellini's first Champions League goal since 2009 made it 3-0. "They are a great team, we know the second leg will be tough", Ronaldo warned.
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