Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo who hit a new milestone in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday following the 8-0 thumping of Swedish outfit Malmo says setting new records makes happy.
Ronaldo who was already the competition’s all-time leading scorer with 84 struck four times on Tuesday against Malmö to take his tally to 88, setting a new record of becoming the first player to score 11 goals during the group stage.
After failing to find the back of the net on match-day three and four against Paris Saint-Germain, scoring all his goals in just four matches in this season’s competition makes it more remarkable and the Madrid man who previously shared the group-stage record with Shakhtar Donetsk’s Luiz Adriano, who had equalled his tally of nine from 2013/14 last season in an interview with UEFA.com had this to say;
“I’m very happy. Obviously records happen and for that I feel happy. I’m really good – I have a lot of confidence and this tonight is a big plus for me.
“I think the group stage went really well. We’ve won almost all of our games and were the best side in the group. The side is confident, we’re happy and this is a bonus going into the next games.”
“We played with a lot of personality,” said Ronaldo, who was directly involved in his side’s first six goals, including a devastating 12-minute second-half hat-trick to become the first Madrid player to score four in a Champions League tie as the Merengues were rampant.
“From the off we wanted to score, win and play a complete game and that’s what we did. To score eight goals is an amazing result, independent of whoever the opponents are. On a personal level, I’m really happy to be able to score and help the side.”
The Portuguese has now set a new record of 17 goals in one campaign. With 11 now under his belt and at least two more games to come in the round of 16 he will have his sights set on yet another milestone.
The 8-0 result was also a piece of history for the Merengues, who recorded their highest-ever tournament win, equalling Liverpool’s competition-record victory over Beşiktaş from 2007/08. That Reds side, incidentally, were managed by Madrid coach Rafael Benítez and featured full-back Álvaro Arbeloa.