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Ronaldo sets record for UCL Group Stage goals

Cristiano Ronaldo made history today when he scored against Copenhagen to collect his record ninth goal in UEFA Champions League Group Stage play this term. It was Real Madrid’s 800th goal all-time in the tournament of European elites.

Ronaldo, who returned to action today after three weeks out with a thigh injury, broke the mark set by strikers Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Manchester United, 2004-05), Hernan Crespo (Inter Milan, 2002-03) and Filippo Inzaghi (AC Milan, 2002-03) and needed just five games to nab his nine tallies. Swedish star and Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic also netted eight in this year’s Group Stage.

Though Los Blancos had already secured their place in the knockout stage of the tournament as top in Group B, Ronaldo got the start in the match at Parken Stadion and the reward he sought with a simple tap-in from Pepe’s 48th minute headed cross after Marcelo lobbed the ball forward.

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The practically perfect Portuguese player who many are hailing as the favorite to win this year’s Ballon d’Or award scored a hat trick in his first UCL match this year on travels to face Turkish champions Galatasaray, then a brace against Danish kings Copenhagen in Spain and three goals over two matches with Scudetto-holders Juventus, along with today’s record strike.

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Will anyone ever equal Ronaldo’s record? Which of his nine record goals was your favorite? Let’s talk about it.