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Football: Ronaldo breaks European Cup goal record

Published on Apr 30, 2014 6:37 AM
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo scores a goal against Bayern Munich during their Champion's League semi-final second leg soccer match in Munich on April 29, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MUNICH, Germany (AFP) - Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday broke the record for the most goals in a European Cup or Champions League season in his side's semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich.

Ronaldo got his 15th of the campaign to put the Spanish side 3-0 up in the first half in Munich and beat the previous best of 14 registered by Barcelona's Lionel Messi in 2011-2012 and Jose Altafini of AC Milan in 1962-1963.

The Portuguese World Player of the Year has now scored 66 Champions League goals and is closing in on Raul's overall record for the most goals in the competition of 71.

His goal put Real 4-0 up on aggregate and on course to qualify for their first Champions League final since they last lifted the trophy in 2002.