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How 'mythical and legendary' Ronaldo scripted history

October 01, 2015 11:08 IST

'What he has done in half as many matches as Raul is incredible'

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Malmo FF during their Champions League group A match at Malmo New Stadium in Malmo, Sweden on Wednesday

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) celebrates with teammates after scoring the opening goal against Malmo FF during their Champions League group A match at Malmo New Stadium in Malmo, Sweden on Wednesday. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled Raul as Real Madrid's all-time top scorer when he netted both goals in a 2-0 win at Swedish side Malmo in Champions League Group A on Wednesday.

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Former Spain striker Raul, now with New York Cosmos, hit 323 goals in 741 appearances for Real between 1994 and 2010, while Ronaldo has needed a mere 308 games to match him.

Mateo Kovacic and Isco combined to set up Ronaldo for the opener, his 500th career goal in 753 games for the club and country, in the 29th minute.

The Portugal captain ran clear onto an Isco pass and clipped a clinical shot past Johan Wiland in the Malmo goal.

His second came in the 90th minute after he was set up for a simple finish by substitute Lucas Vazquez.

The hosts had Yoshimar Yotun sent off before Ronaldo made sure of the win at the death, and equalled Raul's tally.

"What he has done in half as many matches as Raul is incredible," Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa told Spanish television.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) is challenged by Malmo FF's Yoshimar Yotun

IMAGE: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (left) is challenged by Malmo FF's Yoshimar Yotun. Photograph: Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency/Reuters

"Nobody thought he could achieve these records," he added.

"He is already a myth and a legend of Real Madrid."

Madeira-born Ronaldo, 30, joined Real from Manchester United in July 2009 for what was then a record fee of 94 million euros ($105.5 million).

He has won the last two FIFA Ballon d'Or awards for the world's best player, ending a four-year run enjoyed by his great rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona, having won his first in 2008.

Ronaldo is the top scorer in the Champions League with 82 goals five more than Messi on 77.

"Hopefully, he has no limits. I said he was unquestionable in the past and his merit is what he has done in far less time than the rest. That adds more value to what he has achieved," said Madrid coach Rafael Benitez.

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