Wednesday 21 February 2018

Real Madrid hail Cristiano Ronaldo's 400th goal for the club...but it seems they have got it wrong

Ronaldo may not have struck his 400th goal for Real Madrid after all
Ronaldo may not have struck his 400th goal for Real Madrid after all
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Real Madrid were quick to toast Cristiano Ronaldo's landmark 400th goal for the club after his sparkling hat-trick in the Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night - but it seems the club have massaged the facts in a bid to get their icon to his latest milestone.

Ronaldo's latest hat-trick blew Atletico Madrid away as Real Madrid secured a 3-0 first leg lead amid euphoric scenes at the Bernabeu, with the third of his goals instantly hailed by the club as his 400th for the club since his £80m move from Manchester United in 2009.

Yet the statistics appear to confirm that Ronaldo's latest goal for Real Madrid was, in fact, his 399th for the Spanish giants.

Real Madrid have always disputed a ruling by Spanish soccer authorities that Pepe should be credited with a goal in their 2-1 win against Real Sociedad back in 2010, as he deflected Ronaldo's free-kick and was later given the goal.

Now that decision appears to have caused some confusion, yet it will not be long before the legend who took his tally of goals in the Champions League to 103 with his latest treble will reach the 400-goal mark.

Meanwhile, Ronaldo asked the Real Madrid fans to stop jeering him after his latest match-winning display, in a season when he has again been the target of the Bernabeu boo-boys.

"I'm not asking them to name streets after me, the only thing I ask is that they don't boo me here," Ronaldo told Spanish TV station Antena 3.

"I want them to stop booing me because I always give my best and even when I don't score I try to help Real Madrid."

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane was quick to lavish praise Ronaldo, as he backed the calls for a section of the club's fans to refrain from jeering the club's biggest star.

"Perhaps the fans won't boo him any more, but this is the Bernabeu and it can happen from time to time and he knows that," said Zidane.

"The only thing he did was to stay calm and he proved himself on the pitch. There are few players that are always there in the key moments, and the fans will be grateful for what Cristiano has done here.

"He always knows that when there's an important occasion, he's going to be there and he showed it again tonight. What he did is outside any sort of category.

"There are few players who can do what Ronaldo has done and we all know that."

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