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Coral’s top 10 Madrid strikes as Cristiano Ronaldo levels Raul record

| 01.10.2015

Cristiano Ronaldo joined club legend Raul Gonzalez as Real Madrid’s most prolific goal scorer after dispatching twice against Swedish side Malmo in their Champions League Group A clash, also taking his total career tally past 500.

The Portugal superstar’s brace also saw him edge further ahead of record-rival Lionel Messi as the deadliest finisher ever in Europe’s elite club competition, and he could take an unattainable lead in those standings with his Barcelona counterpart sideliend for two months.

After Ronaldo’s latest milestones, Coral bring you 10 of his best strikes for the Galacticos.

Barcelona 2011
In the Copa del Rey final, Ronaldo jumped highest to ferociously connect with an Angel di Maria cross from the left, sensationally heading home the eventual winner over Madrid’s bitter rivals.

The Galacticos are 5/1 to lift a record 11th European crown this term and add to their incredible silverware collection since Ronaldo arrived on the scene.

Barcelona 2012
Another sublime strike past the Catalan giants, but this time Ronaldo makes it himself. The Bernabeu hitman audaciously flicks the ball over a helpless Gerard Pique before composing himself for a second, then rifling home past Victor Valdes.

Atletico Madrid 2012
With one thumping swing of his right foot, Ronaldo produced one of his best ever set-pieces against city rivals Atleti. The Portugal skipper unleashed an unstoppable strike from long-range, beating Thibaut Courtois and leaving commentators in disbelief.

Barcelona 2012
Ronaldo has always had a clinical instinct in El Clasico since arriving in Spain and this superb finish from a tight angle, after making a perfect run across the Barcelona defence, proves exactly that.

Osasuna 2013
Arguably Ronaldo’s best goal on our list! The rampant forward picks the ball up in a seemingly unthreatening position, but somehow manages to send a 30-yard thunderbolt into the top corner, leading to a memorable La Liga celebration.

Manchester United 2013
Not one of his most outstanding finishes, but definitely one of Ronaldo’s most memorable. Having sealed a then-world record switch to Real from the Red Devils, the former Old Trafford star returned to his old stomping ground to inflict misery on his previous club.

Galatasaray 2013
Twisting and turning in the Galatasaray penalty area, Ronaldo’s rapid movement and trickery sees him find space to blast home Madrid’s sixth goal in a Champions League demolition.

Valencia 2014
In the dying minutes of a vital La Liga clash last year, Ronaldo produced this magical, yet unorthodox finish to help Madrid fight back against Valencia. This effort was voted goal of the season for the 2013/14 campaign, and rightly so!

Bayern Munich 2014
On Real’s path to claiming a historic La Decima, Ronaldo was on hand to help dethrone the reigning European champions Bayern, with this fantastic free-kick getting the better of Manuel Neuer.

Liverpool 2014
Having previously enjoyed success in front of goal against Liverpool during his United days, Ronaldo again clinically dispatches past the Reds at Anfield during a Champions League meeting. One that Man Utd fans would have enjoyed!

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Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.