Ronaldo overtakes Di Stefano with 309th goal

The Portuguese forward struck twice in the Liga clash away to Espanyol on Sunday to surpass the tally set by the former Argentine great in only his sixth seasonover in Spain

Cristiano Ronaldo has overhauled Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano with his 309th goal for the club by scoring twice at Espanyol on Sunday.

The Portuguese forward converted from the penalty spot against Juventus on Wednesday to make it 307 strikes for the Spanish side since his move from Manchester United in 2009, but was unable to add another as Madrid were eliminated by the Italians in the Champions League semi-finals.

But his two goals at Cornella on Sunday have now seen him overtake the Argentine great, who passed away last year.

Di Stefano netted his 308 goals in 396 matches between 1953 and 1964, while Ronaldo’s 308 have come in just 299 appearances for the club.

The legendary South American striker had been quoted by many media outlets as having scored 307 times for Real, but Madrid confirmed to Goal last week that his official tally for the club is indeed 308.

Cristiano, who signed a new contract at Madrid in September 2013, is now only 15 behind Madrid icon Raul, who netted 323 goals for the club in 741 appearances between 1994 and 2010.

Ronaldo now has 57 strikes in all competitions this term and leads the race for the Pichichi prize with 44, three more than Barca’s Lionel Messi.