Real Madrid player sets European record

Ronaldo became the highest goal scorer in European competitions with 78 goals after scoring against Schalke

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid in their second leg UEFA Champions League last 16, game against Schalke on Tuesday, March 10  to set a new record for goals in European competition with 78.

Ronaldo notched up his 77th and 78th goals in Europe and put himself above former Real Madrid team-mate Raul and Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

The Portuguese international is also level with Messi as the joint record all-time goalscorer in the Champions League proper - with 75 goals apiece in Europe's elite competition.

Ronaldo’s first goal came in the 25th minute when his head met a corner by Tony Kroos cancelling out an opener for the Germans by Christian Fuchs five minutes earlier and equalled the record of 77, held by former Real striker Raul.

He was on had to equalise for the current European champions with his 78th European goal in all after Klaas Jan Huntelaar had restoreed Schalke’s lead.

That goal also got him level with Lionel Messi with Champions League total of 75.

European top scorers (including UEFA Super Cup)

78: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real Madrid)

77: Raul (Real Madrid, Schalke)

76: Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

70: Filippo Inzaghi (Parma, Juventus, AC Milan)

67: Andriy Shevchenko (Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea)

62: Gerd Muller (Bayern Munich)

62: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Hamburger)

59: Thierry Henry (Monaco, Arsenal, Barcelona)

59: Henrik Larsson (Feyenoord, Celtic, Barcelona, Helsingborgs)

56: Eusebio (Benfica)

Champions League top scorers (excluding qualifying rounds)

75: Cristiano Ronaldo

75: Lionel Messi

71: Raul

56: Ruud van Nistelrooy

50: Thierry Henry

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