While Real Madrid’s hopes of winning La Liga were kept alive on Saturday after a 3-2 win over Sporting Gijon, it was all thanks to a mesmerizing show by Isco.
Two stunning finishes: one in the top corner and the other, a low well-placed strike through the legs of a defender, some really magical touches and penetrating runs into the box summed up Isco’s game.
While everything about him was worth watching, below we have one of his dazzling runs into the Sporting Gijon penalty area and although he could not finish the move, it would have been the goal of the season by some distance had he finished.
Well, with that kind of a performance, you’d believe that he could feature in the starting line up more often.
Scoring goals is a nice habit and the Real Madrid forward has well and truly kept that habit alive throughout his legendary career in the game.
With a brace against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-final first leg, the Portuguese superstar became the first player to score 100 European goals – a truly unique feat in football history.
And whilst that is just one of his many records, here are seven more, that are well worth acknowledging.
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1. All-time top goalscorer for Real Madrid (392)
2. All-time top goalscorer for Portugal (71)
3. Most hat-tricks in La Liga history (32)
4. The most followed athlete on Instagram (97.2 million followers and counting)
5. The most followed athlete on Twitter (51.2 million and counting)
6. Most UEFA Team of the Year appearances (11)
7. Portugal’s most capped player (138)
Real Madrid President Florentino Perez is a proud man. A day after Real’s 2-1 win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, he presented goal-machine Cristiano Ronaldo with a special shirt to mark the forward’s 100th European goal.
And the Portugal star admitted that he never thought he would be able to accomplish such a feat. “It’s a great honour to reach 100 goals in Europe. Yesterday was a special day, with a very important win.
“When I started scoring goals in the Champions League, I never imagined I’d beat this record. For me it’s an honour to reach such a difficult figure. I’m absolutely thrilled, really happy.”
But Ronaldo, who scored a brace against Carlo Ancelotti’s side, after Arturo Vidal opened the scoring for the home side, feels the quarter-final tie isn’t over just yet.
‘We’ve got a slight advantage and I hope the fans can get behind us and help us, because it’s going to be a tough battle. Hopefully Real Madrid win and we get through to the semi-finals.”
Well, looks like Ronaldo is surely in the mood to add more trophies to Real’s trophy cabinet.