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Take five: Ronaldo's Granada milestones

Published: Monday 6 April 2015, 12.19CET
Another weekend, another haul of records – UEFA.com's Richard Martin discovers that Cristiano Ronaldo's five goals against Granada CF included more landmark strikes.
by Richard Martin
Take five: Ronaldo's Granada milestones
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates one of his five goals against Granada ©AFP/Getty Images

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Published: Monday 6 April 2015, 12.19CET

Take five: Ronaldo's Granada milestones

Another weekend, another haul of records – UEFA.com's Richard Martin discovers that Cristiano Ronaldo's five goals against Granada CF included more landmark strikes.

Cristiano Ronaldo's exploits against Granada CF on Sunday contributed to Real Madrid CF's first nine-goal performance since 1967. They also added a few notable achievements to the 30-year-old's haul of records.

• It was the first time in his professional career that Ronaldo had scored five goals in a competitive game.

• He is the first player to score five in a match for Madrid since Fernando Morientes did so against UD Las Palmas in a 7-0 thrashing on 10 February 2002.

• His second goal moved him clear of Lionel Messi at the top of the Liga scoring charts – he has now registered 36 to Messi's 32 and is eight points clear of his only realistic rival for the ESM Golden Shoe.

• His first three goals came inside eight minutes – the fastest Liga hat-trick of the season and Ronaldo's quickest, too.

• Ronaldo's fifth of the afternoon was his 300th goal for the Merengues. Only Alfredo Di Stéfano and Rául González had previously reached that mark for Madrid.

• Ronaldo has also equalled Messi's record of 24 Liga hat-tricks.

Emiliano Butragueño, former Madrid striker: "These five goals from Ronaldo demonstrate how great a player he is.”

Karim Benzema, Madrid striker: "Ronaldo is a phenomenon. He always tries to help the team. I'm very happy for him – he deserves all of this."

©AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by Karim Benzema

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