Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th goal in all competitions for Real Madrid in Sunday’s La Liga match against Sevilla.
The former Manchester United forward may have thought he had already reached the landmark when Real Madrid posted on their official Twitter account that his hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid had taken him to 400 goals for the club.
However, official records showed he had scored 399 with the root of the discrepancy stretching back to September 2010 and a 2-1 Real Madrid win over Real Sociedad. In the match, Ronaldo took a 74th-minute free-kick, which deflected in off team-mate Pepe. Officially, the goal was awarded to the defender – but Real Madrid gave it to Ronaldo.
The dispute is now over though after Ronaldo officially reached the 400-goal landmark, turning in the rebound James Rodriguez’s shot was saved by Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
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It didn’t take him long to reach goal number 401, thumping home Toni Kroos’ cut back as Real sealed a 4-1 victory against Sevilla.
Ronaldo has now scored 282 La Liga goals, with coming in the 88 Champions League strikes, 22 in the Copa del Rey, four in Club World Cup matches, three in Spanish Super Cups and two more in the UEFA Super Cup.
However, Cristiano Ronaldo’s value goes beyond his prolific goal scoring, according to his Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
“More than the goal itself, it’s what he’s done so far. In the decisive moments, he’s always there,” Zidane said.
Real control their own La Liga destiny, level on points with Barcelona, but with a game in hand. There was added pressure on Zidane’s side with Barcelona cruising to a 4-1 victory at Las Palmas in a simultaneous game.
The 32-year-old has scored 37 goals in all competitions this season, and netted Real’s second and third goals against Sevilla to pass the 400 mark.
“He’s just got something, he’s different,” Zidane said.
“It’s a very good pass from [Toni] Kroos, and there’s a gap and he puts it in [for his second goal].
Real are next in action on Wednesday at Celta Vigo, who were knocked out of the Europa League semifinals by Manchester United last week.
Victory against Celta, and at Malaga next Sunday, will clinch a first title in five years for Real, irrespective of Barcelona’s final two results.