Ronaldo sets group stage record in 8-0 Madrid rout
MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo struck four times to set a new record for goals scored in the Champions League group stage as Real Madrid also equalled the record victory in the competition with an 8-0 mauling of Malmo on Tuesday.
Troubled French striker Karim Benzema also scored his first hat-trick for five years, whilst Mateo Kovacic added his first goal for the Spanish giants.
Ronaldo’s tally of 11 goals in the group stages surpasses the previous record of nine held by himself in 2013/14 and Luiz Adriano for Shakhtar Donetsk last season.
“On a personal level, I am happy for another record,” said Ronaldo. Madrid have now won five consecutive games since being thrashed at home 4-0 by Barcelona last month.
“We are used to (the critics) but we are improving bit-by-bit, the team is better and more confident,” added Ronaldo.
“Five victories in a row, we are on a good run and need to continue like this.”