Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 Champions League goals after netting a hat-trick against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The Real Madrid superstar scored five of his team’s six goals in the quarter-final tie to propel him to ‘godly’ status. His two goals in the 2-1 first leg victory in Munich was another first as he reached 100 goals in all European competitions.
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Ronaldo now has 101 Champions League goals of which one was scored in the qualifying rounds. The top five goalscorers in Champions League history are:
- Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United, Real Madrid) – 101 goals.
- Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 94.
- Raul (Real Madrid, Schalke) – 71.
- Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburg) – 60.
- Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kiev, AC Milan, Chelsea) – 59.
Ronaldo was not the only player to write himself into the history books on the night. Sergio Ramos made his 100th appearance in the Champions League. Only 30 players had made that number of appearances in the competition of which three are absolute Real Madrid legends; Roberto Carlos, Raul, and Iker Casillas.
Bayern had all to play for heading into the game and began very strongly. They dominated the ball and constantly switched attacks with long diagonals to Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben. The Bavarians were unlucky to not take an early lead after Robben failed to bury a Thiago Alcantara blocked shot.
Madrid soon got themselves together and began to mount attacks of theirs. Manuel Neuer became a busy man, pulling off great saves from Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and Ronaldo.
Statistics, as pointed out by Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti, showed that Madrid scored in every game but also conceded. That, however, was not the case as the game remained goalless at halftime.
Bayern’s hope of becoming the second away team to leave the Bernabeu with victory in 33 home games in all competitions was coming to fruition as the second-half began. Robben first had his chipped shot cleared on the line by Marcelo before he was brought down by Casemiro in the area, a minute later.
The referee hesitated to point to the spot at first but eventually gave the spot kick upon reflection. Bayern’s top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who missed the first leg with a shoulder injury, coolly converted.
Bayern continued to push but it was Ronaldo who scored next with a header, leveling matters on the night. A bizarre own goal from Ramos almost immediately after Ronaldo scored, however, forced extra time. The Spanish defender’s milestone game was not going according to plan.
A number of questionable refereeing decisions, however, frustrated Bayern as they went a man down. Vidal got his second yellow card of the night and was sent off after a challenge on Marco Asensio.
With seconds left in the first half of additional time, the Bernabeu was celebrating again after an offside Ronaldo banged in a left-footed half-volley to make it 2-2. In the second period, Ronaldo completed his 100 Champions League goals with a tap in after Marcelo did all the work.
Madrid was through to the Semis with Bayern down and out when Asensio made it four on the night.
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was full of praise for the Portuguese forward. Speaking after the game, he said the boy from Madeira was unique. His achievement of being the first player to score 100 Champions League goals propelled the team to victory and made the difference on the night.