Cristiano Ronaldo officially became the leading scorer for Real Madrid by virtue of his goal for the club against Levante in Saturday’s match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
It was a signature precise low shot from the 30-year-old Portuguese sensation, kicking off from the edge of the area in 30 minutes to put his team two goals up to its 3-0 victory.
In two previous matches, against Malaga and Atletico, Real Madrid were left trailing behind La Liga scoring leader Villareal.
Real Madrid already considered Ronaldo as its top scorer in a ceremony held in early October, crediting him with a deflected goal in 2010, which the official UEFA stats put in the account of teammate Pepe. But after Saturday’s strike, there’s no more arguing.
Ronaldo was awarded The Golden Boot last year as Europe’s top scorer; marking the 4th time he has taken home the award. Ronaldo has chalked up an amazing 324 goals in 309 games. The feat is all the more impressive when compared to the tally of Real Madrid’s previous ace marksman. Raul Gonzales Marco, best known only by his first name, scored 323 goals in 741 matches. Raul now plays for American club New York Cosmos as striker.
After top-slot holders Villareal were defeated 2-1 by Celta Vigo on Sunday, Real Madrid now sit at the top of the La Liga rankings, sharing the position with Celta Vigo and Barcelona, each with 18 points.