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Ronaldo, goal record in Champions League group stage

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NEWS | 08/12/2015

"It was a great performance from the whole team, we showed real intensity and focus", said the Portuguese ace.
Cristiano Ronaldo's four goals against Malmö enabled the Portuguese star to set another record. The player from Portugal has broken the record for goals scored in a Champions League group stage. His statistics at the start of this competition have once again been stratospheric: 11 in 6 matches (average of 1.83 per game). Until now, the best statistics in the round-robin phase were the 9 goals achieved by Cristiano himself in 2013 and Luiz Adriano in 2014.

Following the final whistle, Cristiano spoke to the media: "It was a great performance from the whole team and on a personal level I'm happy to have achieved another record. We all played well: from us guys up front scoring the goals, all the way back. The team showed real intensity and focus. We knew that if we started strongly and pressed high we could get on the scoresheet".

Rafa Benítez
"I wasn't aware of him being whistled. The fans can express themselves as they see fit, but he's doing a good job. He has to be given time and is adapting to Real Madrid. I think he's doing well".

Ballon d'Or
"I'm not obsessed by it. I'm happy with the season I'm having, maybe people have got used to a higher level, but I'm happy after the situation that I went through at the beginning of the season, when I had a few problems that I'd rather keep to myself. Bit by bit I'm improving, gaining in confidence and the team are helping me a lot, so I feel fortunate and very happy".


"Real Madrid are a club where you come in for a lot of criticism when things aren't going well, but bit by bit we're improving. The team have more confidence and are on a good run, and we have to keep this up".

His future at Real Madrid
"It's speculation. The same thing happens every year. I'm relaxed, I feel at home at a club that has helped me a lot since I arrived and I'm very happy here. It's my seventh season, I've played a lot of games here and I'm getting used to it".

"You can't live your life thinking about what others think about you. You just have to do your job and then you can go home with a clear conscience. I'm not worried about people's opinions. I do my job the best I can and go home happy".

Fourth Madrid man to score four in the European Cup
Cristiano began this year's Champions League group stage in devastating form: a hat-trick against Shakhtar Donetsk and a brace in Sweden. Now, he has ended it in an even better fashion. In Ukraine he scored another double and in Malmö's visit to the Santiago Bernabéu he notched up four goals that will go down in history, becoming the fourth Madrid player ever to hit four in a European Cup match, following in the footsteps of Alfredo Di Stéfano and Ferenc Puskas, who both did it twice, and Hugo Sánchez.