Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first player to reach 100 goals in Europe’s premier league club competition, after he scored a hat-trick to help Real Madrid to a 4-2 (6-3 agg) win against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
The Portugal national’s hat-trick was his 41st in just eight seasons, since leaving Manchester United for Real in a then-world-record £80 million transfer in 2009.
The win saw the Spanish giants through to the semi-final of the Champions League for the seventh consecutive season, two of which Ronaldo has helped to the crown since his signing.
The forward was jeered and whistled at during the first half of the match after a couple of shots went a bit wayward, but after scoring his first with a header that cancelled out Robert Lewandowski’s goal from the penalty spot, he held his finger to his lips as he looked up at the fans.
He went on to score twice in extra time with his left and right foot, but both strikes were shown to be offside and should of been disallowed. Marco Asensio netted a late fourth.
After the match Ronaldo said of the incident:“I don’t tell them to be quiet, never, I only ask them not to whistle because I always give my best in every game. Even if I don’t score goals, I try to work hard to help Real Madrid.”
Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane hailed Ronald’s commitment in his post match speech “Cristiano has shown that in the key moments he is there, he makes the difference. When he has to be, he is there.
“It is unique and we are happy for him and for the team.
“Maybe after today they do not whistle anymore, but this is Madrid and that things happen from time to time, and he knows it. He has to be calm.
“The public will always thank Cristiano for everything he has done.”
Also on the night, Atletico progressed after edging past Leicester while the other two ties – Barcelona against Juventus, and Monaco against Borussia Dortmund – conclude on Wednesday.