Real Madrid secured a huge victory on Wednesday night as they came away from the Allianz Arena with a 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.
What made the victory all the more impressive was the fact that Bayern took the lead in the 25th minute through Arturo Vidal and could have extended that lead on the stroke of half-time had the same player not missed a penalty.
The game changed when Javi Martinez saw red for a second yellow card and the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace to give Real an extremely precious victory.
CR7 also scored his 100th European goal in the process and is now two goals clear of eternal rival Lionel Messi in the all-time Champions League goalscorer standings.
Speaking to the media the day after the impressive win, the Portuguese skipper insisted there was one moment, in particular, he knew Madrid would win – and it wasn’t Martinez’s sending off.
“Before I jumped on the pitch, I thought it was going to be a tough match, that Bayern would get into the game,” Ronaldo said. “But after Vidal failed the penalty was convinced that the team would be encouraged and the second time was going to be ours. I scored, but could be another player, “he told the Real Madrid media.
Speaking of his brace, Ronnie continued: “Yesterday’s [Wednesday’s] goals would describe them very simply: impressive. They were unique because we were losing and it was difficult to go back. We did it once again and after scoring two goals I was very happy because I helped Real Madrid to win. I hope there is another double in the Bernabeu.”
Scoring 100 goals in Europe is a special feat that only a handful of players will ever likely accomplish. That notion is not lost in the Real Madrid talisman.
“It is a great honour to make a hundred goals in Europe. Yesterday was a special day, with a very important victory. I’m very happy. I want to thank Real Madrid for the opportunity to make a brilliant career at this club and my teammates as well. Many thanks to the club, my colleagues and the fans.”
“When I started scoring goals in the Champions League I never thought I would beat this record. For me, it is an honour because it is a very difficult figure. I am delighted and very happy,” he said.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim to greatness has never been in question. His halo is brighter than ever, now that he has become the first player with a century of goals in the prestigious Champions League competition. It’s an incredible personal achievement.
When you weave in the significance of the goals, it’s an even more glittering feat — 44 of those goals have come in knockouts, including 10 in semi-finals and two in the four finals he has featured in.