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Ronaldo breaks Messi’s Champions League goals record for a season

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Cristiano Ronaldo has broken Lionel Messi's goals record for a single Champions League season following his strike in Real Madrid's encounter with Bayern Munich.

The 29-year-old's goal in Tuesday's semifinal second-leg clash with the Bavarians at the Allianz Arena took his tally for the 2013-14 season to 15.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: MOST GOALS IN A SEASON
Player
Cristiano Ronaldo

Lionel Messi

Mario Gomez

Lionel Messi

Cristiano Ronaldo

R. van Nistelrooy
Season
2013-14

2011-12

2011-12

2010-11

2012-13

2002-03
Goals
15

14

12

12

12

12

Ronaldo has now netted one more than Messi's previous record, with the Argentine registering 14 times in 11 games during the 2011-12 tournament.

Remarkably, the Portuguese has bettered the Barcelona forward's tally in just 10 outings this term, having missed the group game at home to Galatasaray.

No player has ever scored at such a rate in Europe's premier club cup competition.

Messi's average during his record-breaking 2011-12 season was a goal every 70.71 minutes, while Ruud van Nistelrooy was even more prolific during Manchester United's run to the quarterfinals in 2003.

The Dutchman netted 12 times in total, giving him an average of a goal every 57 minutes.

Ronaldo, 29, has hit double figures in the Champions League in three consecutive seasons after netting 12 and 10 strikes in 2012-13 and 2011-12 respectively.

The former Manchester United man is likely to get the chance to further add to his tally in the remainder of the competition with Madrid on their way to the semifinals.

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