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Ex-Man Utd idol Cristiano Ronaldo eclipses Brazilian Ronaldo

Current Real Madrid star Real Madrid scored his 400th career goal as he netted two past La Liga side Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The Ballon d’Or favourite has once again been in unbelievable form for Real Madrid this season.

The Portuguese forward has found the net 20 times in only 17 La Liga appearances – a massive 11 ahead of next top goalscorer Karim Benzema.

The 28-year-old has dominated La Liga ever since he arrived in Madrid from Manchester United for a record £80m back in 2009. Nevertheless, criticism once Cristiano Ronaldo around, with those who believe the Portuguese forward can’t do it on the big stage, but with nine goals in just five Champions League appearances, that opinion seems to have been dismissed.

Cristiano’s Brazilian namesake Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima, formally known as Ronaldo, dominated world football during the nineties and early 2000’s, scoring a career total of 398 goals. Brazilian Ronaldo, now retired, has been dubbed ‘the phenomenon’ and lauded by critics and pundits as one of the greatest players to play the game.

Now, with Cristiano eclipsing the Brazilian’s goal record, when people talk about ‘The Ronaldo’ in 50 years’ as an all-time great, without being disrespectful, the majority will probably be talking about the Portuguese star.

The current Real Madrid star netted his first – a tap in, after good work from fullback Carvajal, before adding gloss to the win with a clinical 93rd minute strike following Bale’s cutback. Ronaldo dedicated his goals to Portuguese great Eusebio:

'The goals were for Eusebio,' said the player after the game. 'I am grateful to Spain for the way they paid homage to him.'

2014 is going to be an important year for the 28-year-old, with Real Madrid five points behind La Liga duo Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the league title looks like a three-horse race to the wire.

In the other big competitions, Los Blancos are in arguably their best shape to win their 'Decima' (10th) Champions League and his national team Portugal have been handed a tough World Cup group alongside Germany, Ghana and The USA.

Should the star maintain his impeccable current standards, you wouldn’t back against Ronaldo walking away with at least one of the major trophies over the summer.

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