Real Madrid’s all-time record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo reached yet another personal landmark by becoming the first player ever in Europe’s top leagues to score 30 goals in six straight seasons.
Ronaldo became the first player to score 30 goals in six straight La Liga seasons when he scored against Eibar in Real Madrid’s 4-0 win. In all, the Portuguese took seven shots and got three on target, thereby increasing his goal leads over Lionel Messi to eight.
The Portugal forward scored in the 19th minute and also provided passes for Lucas Vázquez and Jesé to score as the hosts stormed into a 4-0 half-time lead. James Rodríguez had opened Real Madrid’s account with a curling free-kick in the fifth minute.
Ronaldo weighed in with two assists and scored his 30th goal in the league this season, making him the first player to reach that figure in six seasons running in one of Europe’s top leagues. Lionel Messi has managed it in four, that is, only accomplishing the feat in four straight years (2009-2013), but Ronaldo has been doing it since the 2010 campaign.
He got 40 in that season, 46 in the next, 34 in the next, then 31, followed by 48. With six games left he is unlikely to top last season’s record but he does lead La Liga’s top-scorer table once more.
The Portuguese, known as Real Madrid’s goal scoring machine, whose ability to find the net only seems to improve as he ages, continues to affect games single-handedly despite his advancing years.
Ronaldo’s only regrets when he leaves Real Madrid may be that despite scoring more than 30 goals in six of his seven seasons, he has only managed to win the league once.
He currently has 43 goals to his name from 41 appearances in all competitions, as well as 15 assists.