BREAKING: Ronaldo claims European goal record

The Portugal superstar set another record in his stellar career by grabbing European goal number 77 against Roberto Di Matteo’s men

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the all-time leading goalscorer in European competition after netting in Real Madrid’s Champions League tie with Schalke at the Bernabeu on Tuesday.

Ronaldo pulled clear of Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and former Madrid team-mate Raul when he nodded home Toni Kroos’ right-wing corner in the 25th minute.

The Portuguese netted in the first leg of the sides’ last-16 clash in Gelsenkirchen last month to draw level with the Argentine attacker and the former Spain skipper on 76 strikes in Europe overall. Messi will get the chance to reclaim the record when Barca meet Manchester City at Camp Nou next week.

Raul needed 168 games with Real and Schalke to reach 76 goals, while Ronaldo required just 117 and Messi only 95 to hit the same number.

The Argentine also leads the way with 75 goals in the Champions League, with Cristiano one behind on 74 and Raul’s long-standing record of 71 now relegated to third place.

Ronaldo’s 77 is made up of 74 Champions League strikes, one in the competition’s qualifiers which does not count in his overall tally for the tournament and two in the Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla back in August.

Messi, meanwhile, has scored 75 of his 76 in the Champions League, with the other coming in Barca’s Uefa Super Cup success against Porto in 2011.

Despite leading 2-0 from the first leg in Gelsenkirchen, Madrid were struggling in the return and trailed to Christian Fuchs’ opener before Ronaldo struck to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men 3-1 up on aggregate.