NEWS | 02/10/2015 | Javier García“You are already a legend: 324 goals in 308 matches is something unrepeatable", said Florentino Pérez.
After the screening of a video with Cristiano's best goals, the president of the Whites took the floor: "This is a very exciting day for all Madrid fans. This week Cristiano became the leading goalscorer in the great history of Real Madrid, the greatest club in the world, winner of 10 European Cups".
"His effort, dedication and commitment have been clear to see in every training session and game. 324 goals in 308 games is something unrepeatable and it can only be understood as Cristiano's desire to constantly better himself, to never give up, and to give everything for this badge. All of the Madrid supporters love you, and really adore you. They know what you mean for this club. You are an example for those of us that love football".
Work and talent
“With your tally you have surpassed all of the great Real Madrid goalscorers and now I know that you only want to surpass yourself. You have won every title possible at Real Madrid, none have got away from you. You are already a Real Madrid legend. You have achieved it through your devotion to work and your talent. 324 goals and there will be lots more. Thank you for what you give us, for your dedication and commitment. Congratulations, Cristiano, long may the legend continue".
After the president's statement, it was the turn of the player himself: "Good afternoon, I am honoured to receive this prize. When I put on the Real Madrid shirt for the first time, I never imagined that I would be the top goalscorer in the history of the club, the greatest in the world, and be able to beat my friend Raúl and Alfredo Di Stéfano, who is no longer with us. What can I say, I am very happy".
“Firstly, I would like to thank my teammates, who are here, because without them, this trophy would never have been possible. Without the help and commitment of everyone, these figures would not be possible. I also want to thank all of the managers I have had, from Pellegrini, who was here when I arrived, as well as Mourinho, Ancelotti and now Benítez. I want to thank them as they have always helped me throughout my career".
"Thanks also to everyone at Real Madrid, to the kit men that are always with us, the physios...Forgive me if I have forgotten anyone because this is not an easy moment to talk but I think that I am saying what I can".
"I would also like to thank the media that are here, I know that I have behaved a little badly with them but that is part of the way I am. I want to thank my friends that are here too: Ricardo, my agent Jorge, Enrique. I especially want to thank my Mum and Cristiano".
"I am very happy and thank everyone for this special moment. I would like to express my gratitude to the president for this nice event that has left me feeling very touched and happy. I was not expecting it. If I have forgotten anyone please forgive me, people know that if I like them I will never forget about them. Therefore, thanks to everyone and, hala Madrid!”.
The president Florentino Pérez presented Cristiano with a trophy commemorating his historic record. The event finished with the leading all-time scorer for the Whites having photographs taken with his family, the squad and coaching staff.