Cristiano Ronaldo breaks series of records after scoring 128th Champions League goal in Juventus win over Bayer Leverkusen
Cristiano Ronaldo smashed multiple Champions League records after scoring the third goal in Juventus’ 3-0 group stage win over Bayer Leverkusen.
Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi gave Juve a two-goal lead at the Allianz Stadium before the five-time Ballon d’Or winner added gloss to the scoreline on 88 minutes.
The 34-year-old extended his lead over Lionel Messi at the top of the all-time European goalscorers chart to 16 goals by netting his 128th goal in Turin.
Cristiano Ronaldo broke multiple Champions League records in Juventus’ win over Leverkusen
In addition, no player has more goals against clubs from a specific country in the UCL than Ronaldo. The former Manchester United man has scored 27 in 25 appearances versus German teams.
Ronaldo has now scored in 14 consecutive Champions League seasons; equalling Raul and Messi’s record.
Furthermore, Ronaldo has now broken former Real Madrid team-mate Iker Casillas’ record for most Champions League wins of all time. The victory on Tuesday was his 102nd in European competition.
Ronaldo celebrates his sensational 2017 Champions League final goal against Juventus
By netting against Leverkusen, he also equalled Raul’s record of scoring against 33 different Champions League opponents.
Finally, the Group D victory held sentimental value for the Juve star, marking the 16-year anniversary of his Champions League debut.
The forward made his first European appearance for Manchester United in a 2-1 defeat by Stuttgart on October 1, 2003.
Ronaldo makes his Champions League debut for Manchester United at Stuttgart in 2003