Cristiano Ronaldo scored 97 of the European goals in CL proper, two were scored in the European Super Cup and another in the qualifiers
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in European competition when he netted a brace against Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Portugal captain Ronaldo came into the game on 98 European goals, with the most recent of them coming in the 2-2 draw at Dortmund in September having failed to net in the 5-1 win over Legia Warsaw, the 3-3 draw in the return leg, the 2-1 win at former club Sporting Lisbon, 2-2 draw against Dortmund in December, or the 6-2 aggregate win over Napoli in the round of 16.
It had been a total drought of 659 minutes in the Champions League before he latched on to a low cross from Dani Carvajal to direct the ball home for his 99th goal and his century came soon after from close range.
It took him just two minutes into the second half to score his first goal, canceling Arturo Vidal’s header in the first half and netting his second at the 77th minute through the legs of German goalkeeper Manuel Neur. Courtesy of Ronaldo’s brace Real Madrid secured a 2-1 win at the Allianz Arena to go home with an advantage.
It took the 32-year-old Ronaldo eleven years to achieve the feat. He scored his first goal in this tournament in August 2005, when he played for Manchester United against Debrecen.
Ronaldo, who took 143 games to score 100 goals, is closely followed by Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi with a three goal difference in just 118 matches. Raul Gonzalez stands third in the list of highest scorers but nowhere close to them with 76 goals in 158 matches.
Ronaldo has scored 97 of his European goals in the Champions League proper, with another in the qualifiers and two in the European Super Cup.