Ronaldo scores 50 goals five seasons in a row

The Ballon d’Or holder reached half a century of goals this term having played 45 games for Real Madrid, despite missing a spot kick earlier in the Liga tie with Malaga

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 50 goals for his fifth consecutive season – a feat never before achieved in Spanish football.

The Portugal international signed for the Santiago Bernabeu club in 2009 and, in the process, took his goalscoring ability to another level after leaving Manchester United.

His 50th goal of 2014-15 came in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Malaga, ensuring he reached the half century for the campaign having played only 45 matches.

The three-time Ballon d’Or winner missed his first penalty of the season in the triumph in the capital but still managed to star for Carlo Ancelotti’s men – he bagged two assists and scored the third and final goal in stoppage-time.

Ronaldo’s form and fitness could be pivotal for the European champions in the next couple of weeks after Gareth Bale was withdrawn just five minutes into the clash with Malaga, leaving the Welsh winger doutbful for their Champions League quarter-final second leg with Atletico Madrid.

The 30-year-old has now scored in five successive Liga matches, netting nine goals in that period.