Cristiano Ronaldo Lands 50th Knockout Blow Versus Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score 50 goals in the knockout stages of the UEFA Champions League when he scored versus Atletico Madrid.

The Portugal skipper headed in a 10th-minute opener at the Real’s home ground Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday to give the defending champions a 1-0 advantage over their city rivals.

It is the latest landmark to be reached by the former Manchester United striker in Europe's premier competition, following a five-goal haul over two legs versus Germans Champion Bayern Munich in the previous round.

A brace in a 2-1 victory at the Allianz Arena took the four time Ballon d’Or winner on to 100 goals in European club competitions, while a hat-trick in the return fixture brought up the former Sporting forward Champions League century.

Ronaldo's Barcelona star player Lionel Messi has the next best knockout return in the history of the competition with 37 goals. Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller is third on 19.

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