Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes 1st Player to Score in 3 Champions League Finals

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Manchester City at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Wednesday May 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul White)

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Real Madrid poster boy Cristiano Ronaldo has written his name further into the European history books after becoming the first player to score in three UEFA Champions League finals on Saturday.

Ronaldo opened the scoring in this year’s final against Juventus when he swept in a low shot past goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon in the 20th minute at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. The goal came about after a smart one-two between Ronaldo and right-back Dani Carvajal on the counter. Ronaldo’s achievement was confirmed by Squawka Football:

The goal also meant Real set a scoring landmark in this tournament, per the same source:

The Portuguese opened the scoring for Manchester United in their 2008 final victory over Chelsea, and he converted a 120th-minute penalty for Los Blancos in their 2014 triumph over Atletico Madrid at the Estadio da Luz.

Saturday’s strike clinched another grand European accolade for Ronaldo, who is already the Champions League’s all-time leading scorer with 104 goals and holds the record for most goals scored in one European campaign with 17 in 2013-14.

Another Real legend, Alfredo Di Stefano, scored in five European Cup finals during his career, but Ronaldo has become the first player to come close to touching that record in the modern format of the competition.

The team’s talisman has struggled for consistent form this season but stormed back to lend a critical hand in their Champions League crusade, most notably netting three times in the second leg of Real’s quarter-final clash against Bayern Munich and another hat-trick in the semi-final first-leg triumph over local rivals Atletico.

It’s no coincidence Los Blancos have been the Champions League’s form outfit over recent seasons, and Saturday’s match gave the Madrid giant their shot at a third crown in the space of four campaigns.

Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi may also have his chance to score in a third Champions League final should he appear in another, having already netted in both the 2009 and 2011 deciders.

That being said, Real’s Mr. Reliable will always have the honour of having reached that accolade first, further cementing his spot as one of Europe’s—and the world’s—greatest-ever players.


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