Cristiano Ronaldo breaks Champions League record in Real Madrid thrashing of Malmo
By Peter Smith
Last Updated: 09/12/15 10:56am
Cristiano Ronaldo's remarkable Champions League goal-scoring feats continue.
On Tuesday, the Real Madrid star broke his own record for goals in the group stage of the Champions League, bagging four in an 8-0 win over Malmo to take his 2015/16 European total to 11 in six games.
That betters his previous best group-stage haul of nine, which was equalled by Luiz Adriano last season.
It also means Ronaldo has now scored more goals in six Champions League games this season than he has in 14 La Liga matches. He has 10 goals in Spain's top flight this term.
Ronaldo's final three goals came in an 11-minute burst in the second half - the third fastest treble in Champions League history. Only Mike Newell's nine-minute hat-trick against Rosenborg for Blackburn Rovers and Bafetimbi Gomis' seven-minute special for Lyon against Dinamo Zagreb were quicker.
Ronaldo's goals on Tuesday also make him the first Real Madrid player to score four times in a Champions League match - he fell just one short of matching the competition record of five in one game, held by Lionel Messi and Adriano. Alfredo Di Stefano, Hugo Sanchez and Ferenc Puskas all scored four for Real Madrid in European Cup games.
Ronaldo's goals against Malmo move him further ahead in the Champions League goal-scorer standings and to within one hat-trick of matching Messi's five Champions League trebles.
Most goals in Champions League group stages
|Player||Number of goals||Season|
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||8||2004/05|
Champions League top scorers - all time
|Ruud van Nistelrooy||56|
Champions League hat-tricks
|Player||Number of hat-tricks|