Cristiano Ronaldo breaks European scoring record

Solenn Plantier
Mai 31, 2017

Madrid's best spell of the half arrived in the dying embers, as Isco failed to get the ball out of his feet when as good as through, moments before Karim Benzema fared only marginally better when denied by Alvarez between the sticks.

Cristiano Ronaldo struck a brace to power Real Madrid to a 4-1 win against 10-man Celta Vigo in their La Liga clash on Sunday, a result which puts Los Blancos within a point of their first league title since 2012.

Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for almost two months following coach Zinedine Zidane's rotation policy, and he smashed a loose ball high into the net after good work from playmaker Isco.

"We know that Malaga are strong at home, but we have to go there and win".

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring Real Madrid's first goal in the La Liga match with Celta Vigo at Vigo May 17, 2017.

"We will go there to win the game", insisted Ronaldo.

Real also face a date with Juventus in the Champions League final in 18 days time where they will hope to have their lynchpin Ronaldo firing on all pistons.

Cristiano Ronaldo kicks to score the opener.

"Misses aren't normal for me, but I'm human and I can miss sometimes".

"We can not play for a draw, we must play our normal game", he said.

Celta are rounding off their domestic season with nothing to play for following their deep run in the Europa League where only a missed last-second chance at the Old Trafford stood between them and a historic qualification to the final.

"We have come through another final and now we just have one final push at La Rosaleda, which will be just as tough as this game", he said.

"It's hard [for us] because they are a good team".

Madrid famously squandered two consecutive titles in 1992 and 1993 away to Tenerife, then coached by another Real great, Jorge Valdano, handing the trophy to Barcelona on the final day.

For his part, Isco is demanding "one last push" in the season finale with the former Malaga forward urging the team to push through against his one-time club.

Having soaked up that pressure, a deadly Real counter-attack doubled their advantage just three minutes into the second period. "We are not going to relax and we have not won anything".

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