Real Madrid just made history

Having managed to find the net in every official contest throughout the current season, Real Madrid have become a goalscoring machine.

Coach Zinedine Zidane has put together a nearly unstoppable attacking force.

The first leg of the 2015/16 Champions League semi-final versus Manchester City marks the last time Los Blancos were held scoreless.

Thus, the streak adds up to 64 fixtures, a European record by a comfortable margin.

A grand total of 39 goalkeepers have attempted to stop Madrid’s machinery since, with negative results.

The reigning LaLiga title holders dominated Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, scoring nine goals in five duels against the Slovenian star. Sevilla keeper Sergio Rico has received a whopping 11 goals in four outings.

However, Jorge Palatsi was the most severely punished stopper, as Los Blancos feasted on Cultural Leonesa with a 7-1 humbling in their first Copa del Rey tie of the campaign.

On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. are facing a tough test in Gianluigi Buffon and a rock solid defence.

The legendary Italian keeper has only allowed three goals over this year’s entire competition.

Nevertheless, Ronaldo appears to possess the password to break into Buffon’s territory, having collected five goals in four career meetings.

The Portuguese is set to play his fifth Champions League final, with two at Manchester United and three at Madrid.

Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini holds the record under the current format with six finals, although his eight overall title match appearances are tied with Paco Gento as the most of all time.

Besides, Ronaldo will take part in his 144th Champions League match, tying Raul Gonzalez and only trailing Ryan Giggs (151), Xavi Hernandez (157) and Iker Casillas (168).

On top of that, the Madeira native is hoping to become the first ever to win the Champions League top scorer gong on six occasions.

Lionel Messi currently tops the scoreboard with 11 goals, one more than the 32-year-old.

Coincidentally, Ronaldo has fond memories of previous contests at the National Stadium of Wales; back in 2004 and 2005, the promising winger scored in United’s back-to-back FA Cup victories.

The following year, though, Arsenal claimed the League Cup over the Red Devils.

While not at Millennium Stadium, Ronaldo’s double fuelled Madrid to their 2014 UEFA Super Cup triumph over Sevilla at Cardiff City Stadium.

Should Zinedine Zidane’s men extend their scoring streak to 65, their chances of winning La Duodecima would skyrocket.

Then next season they could start thinking about the Pele-led Santos that scored in 74 consecutive matches.


Staff Reporter

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