Cristiano Ronaldo scores five goals in history-making game

Written By Joe Wright

Even by Cristiano Ronaldo's high standards, this was amazing.

Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time leading goal scorer after finding the net five times in a 6-0 rout of Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday.

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After notching a first-half hat-trick, the Portuguese star turned home Gareth Bale's cross in the 61st minute to score his fourth and take his tally to 229 goals, moving him past previous record-holder Raul on the club's scoring charts. He struck yet again later in the game.

 

Ronaldo has achieved his record-setting feat in just 203 appearances for the capital club. To put his scoring mark in perspective, Raul's total of 228 came in 550 games.

Ronaldo turned from scorer to provider for Madrid's fourth goal, squaring the ball across the face of goal to present Karim Benzema with an easy tap-in. 

Espanyol, meanwhile, must be sick of the sight of Ronaldo. The forward struck a hat-trick against them last year and needed just 20 minutes to repeat the feat this time.

He nearly had a sixth goal later on. But, for once, Ronaldo failed to hit the target, firing wide with his left foot. Still, it was a rare failure for the 30-year-old star on a record-breaking day.

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