Cristiano Ronaldo has returned with a brace from his three-match La Liga ban and is on course to break Lionel Messi’s record for most goals in one Champions League season.
Ronaldo’s 3-0 and 6-0 against Schalke were his goals number 10 and 11 in just his sixth game in this year’s competition.
He now only needs one more goal to equal his personal best (12) from last season and only three more goals to equal Messi’s record of 14 goals from the 2011-12 season.
The Real Madrid forward had missed a couple of chances in the game, before striking in the 52nd minute, but says he always believed in his ability to score.
"The goalkeeper played well and made good saves,” the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner said.
“I believe in myself and my ability and my teammates help me a lot and they give me the confidence to play at such a high level.
“I scored twice in the second half so I'm very happy.
“In general the side were good, from Casillas and the defence to the midfield. Us forwards do our work of always trying to score goals".
With his two goals, Ronaldo also closed in on Messi and Raul in the overall Champions League goal-scoring rankings. He sits now on 61 goals, five behind Lionel Messi (66) as well as 10 behind record-scorer Raul, who has scored 71 goals.
Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has scored seven goals in four Champions League games this season.
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