UEFA Champions League news

Ronaldo sets new UCL record

December 10, 2013
By ESPN staff

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player in UEFA Champions League history to score nine goals in the group stage on Tuesday as Real Madrid overcame FC Copenhagen 2-0.

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Despite also having a penalty saved during the match, Ronaldo set the new record at the start of the second half, doubling Real’s lead in the process.

The forward expressed his delight on the club's official website, saying: "The objective is complete, the team played very well on a field that was very bad. I've broken a record in the Champions League and I'm very happy.

"The team is very good, confident, and playing attractive football. I'm coming back bit by bit. I'm at a good level, but not my best. I feel good and eager to help the team.

"All goals are important for the team and it was special to break the record today, but I don't think about records. The main goal is to win."

Five players, including Ronaldo, had previously scored eight goals in the group stage, but the Portugal international has now eclipsed by the mark set by Hernan Crespo, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Filippo Inzaghi and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ronaldo’s goal also created another milestone as it was Real’s 800th in European competition.

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