Ronaldo scores four goals to become Liga’s second all-time scorer
Madrid remained in third place and a provisional nine points behind leader Barcelona
Cristiano Ronaldo scored four second-half goals to become the second all-time leading scorer in La Liga as Real Madrid routed Celta Vigo 7-1 on Saturday.
Ronaldo’s haul gave him 252 career goals according to the league, surpassing Telmo Zarra’s mark of 251 goals that had stood as a record until Barcelona star Lionel Messi passed that milestone in 2014. Messi’s hat trick in a 5-1 win at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday took his leading tally to 305.
Besides surpassing Zarra’s mark for Athletic Bilbao from 1955, Ronaldo also passed Barcelona’s Luis Suarez as the league top scorer for the season. Ronaldo has 27 goals to Suarez’s 25.
Madrid remained in third place and a provisional nine points behind leader Barcelona, which visits Eibar on Sunday, when second-place Atletico Madrid also visits Valencia.
“Ronaldo is one of a kind,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “I never scored four goals. It’s important that he scores heading into the Champions League.”