SK Stat Attack: Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Alfredo Di Stefano’s Madrid Derby record
Here are a few interesting statistics from last night's Madrid derby.
Last night, Atletico de Marid were routed at home by a highly motivated Real Madrid side. Ronaldo hammered in a hat-trick as his side went on to win the game by a margin of 3-0.
In the process, the Portuguese forward became the leading scorer in the Madrid derby across all competitions as he overtook De Stefano’s haul of 17 goals. Former Spanish forward Raul has 15 goals in the Madrid derby. For Atletico Madrid, Paco Campos is the highest scorer with 12 goals.
Ronaldo scored his first goal of the night with a deflected free-kick past a hapless Jan Oblak, the Atletico goalkeeper, midway through the first half. He doubled the Los Blancos lead from a penalty before finishing off a Gareth Bale cross following an explosive counter-attack for his third.
The first goal that Ronaldo scored from the freekick was his 20th direct freekick goal in the Spanish top division, more than any other current player. Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi is 2nd in this respect with 17 goals from direct free-kicks.
When he scored his 2nd goal, Ronaldo equaled Di Stefano’s record of 17 goals scored in the Madrid derby. His third goal saw him break another record as he now has 18 goals across all competitions against the fierce neighbors.
|Rank||Player name||Number of goals in the Madrid derby|
|2||Alfredo Di Stefano||17|
The 2nd goal was also the eighth goal scored from the penalty spot by Ronaldo against Atletico, which is the most he has against any other side across all competitions.
Another important record that the former Manchester United man closed in on was the number of goals scored by Real Madrid players in the league at the Vicente Calderon. The record which is held by former Brazilian number 9 Ronaldo stands at nine goals while the Portuguese star has seven to his name.
This was the three-time Ballon d’Or winner’s 39th hat-trick which took his season tally to eight goals in the league so far, on par with Luis Suarez and Messi at the top of the scorer’s list.
Ronaldo’s tally for Real Madrid now stands at 374 goals across all competitions and he is just three goals away from scoring his 500th club career goal having featured for Real Madrid, Manchester United, and Sporting Lisbon.
For the first time, Diego Simeone’s Atletico side has conceded at least one goal in five consecutive league fixtures.
This was also the first occasion that Oblak conceded as many as three goals in a league match since joining the club from Portuguese side SL Benfica in 2014.
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