SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, (THEWILL) – Real Madrid star, Cristiano Ronaldo, became the first player to score 100 career goals in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday, setting the mark with a hat-trick against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.
The 32-year-old Portuguese forward helped Madrid into the semi-finals in a keenly contested match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid in Madrid which ended 4-2 (6-3 on aggregate).
Ronaldo has won the Champions League’s top-scorer’s title in each of the last four seasons, sharing it with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar in the 2014-15 campaign.
He scored a record 17 goals in the 2013-14 season and came within a single goal of tying the mark last year.
Ronaldo also added a top-scorer’s title with Manchester United in the 2007-08 season, one year after scoring his first goals on Europe’s top stage with a brace against AS Roma.
Ronaldo remains one of the most dangerous forwards in the world, and while conventional wisdom dictates his remarkable scoring pace should soon drop due to his age, his tremendous athletic gifts and work ethic could see him add plenty more goals to his tally before he calls it quits.