Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player since Madrid icon Ferenc Puskas to score the fastest century of goals in the Primera Division. The Portuguese’s brace inspired Madrid to a 5-1 win over Real Soceidad at the Bernabeu and helped keep them 6 points ahead of arch rivals Barcelona. This brings both Ronaldo and Messi level on 35 league goals with only a handful of matches remaining in the season.
Madrid who were without Mourinho, Pepe and Mesut Ozil, went ahead in the 6th minute through Argentina international Gonzalo Higuain before Ronaldo and Benzema each scored. Sociedad responded 1 minute after Benzema’s 41st minute goal to make it 3-1 going into the break.
Madrid started the second half where they left off as just 4 minutes after the restart, Benzema scored his second and Madrid’s 4th to put the game beyond Soceidad’s reach. Ronaldo later added a 5th to end a tough week for Los Blancos.
In spite of the win, the news making headlines was Ronaldo’s record breaking performance. Ronaldo’s first goal in the 33rd minute gave him a century of goals in the Spanish top flight after only 92 games making him the fastest player to reach the milestone since former Madrid player Ferenc Puskas.
I have to admit, Ronaldo’s feat gives as a nice break from the monotonous Lionel Messi news that we have been waking up to these past few weeks. Despite scoring in Barca’s 2-0 win over Mallorca, the Argentine wizard will be forced to take second place for the next couple of days as his arch rival Ronaldo basks in the glory of his achievement.
Both Madrid and Barcelona will be in action this week when they prepare for their first leg Champions League fixtures against APOEL and Milan respectfully. With 9 titles already under their belt, Madrid are firm favourites to make it to the semis if and probably the finals.
Barcelona on the other hand will have to overcome Milan for the second time to win their 5th European title and become the first team since Milan to successfully defend the trophy. Milan were 2-1 winners over Roma and will be extremely confident going into the match. We are definitely in for an interesting week of football.
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