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Ronaldo becomes second top scorer in Liga history

Cristiano Ronaldo struck four goals in Real Madrid's 7-1 victory against Celta Vigo to overtake Telmo Zarra and move into second place in the all-time Spanish Liga scoring charts.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored four against Celta on Saturday
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four against Celta on Saturday ©AFP/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo struck four goals against Celta Vigo on Saturday to move into second spot on the list of the Spanish Liga's all-time leading scorers.

Ronaldo, top scorer in the UEFA Champions League with 88 in the competition proper, now has 252 goals in the Spanish top flight, 53 short of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. The Portuguese international – who overtook Raúl González as the leading scorer in Madrid's history earlier this season – moves ahead of Telmo Zarra in the Liga scoring charts.

Ronaldo is also the top scorer in this season's UEFA Champions League with 12 goals, having hit a group stage record of 11 in the autumn.

Spanish Liga all-time leading goalscorers
1. Lionel Messi, 305 (337) – Barcelona
2. Cristiano Ronaldo, 252 (228) – Real Madrid
3. Telmo Zarra, 251 (278) – Athletic Club
4. Hugo Sánchez, 234 (347) – Atlético Madrid, Real Madrid, Rayo Vallecano
5. Raúl González, 228 (550) – Real Madrid
6. Alfredo di Stéfano, 227 (329) – Real Madrid, Espanyol
7. César Rodríguez Álvarez, 223 (353) – Barcelona, Granada, Deportivo Leonesa, Elche
8. Quini, 219 (448) – Sporting Gijón, Barcelona
9. Pahiño, 210 (278) – Celta Vigo, Real Madrid, Deportivo
10. Mundo, 195 (231) – Valencia, Alcoyano

Number of appearances in brackets