Ronaldo scored hat tricks in yesterday match against Shakhtar on Tuesday which 2 of his goals came from penalty kick but Penalties or no penalties, Ronaldo's record is incredible: 321 goals in just 304 games since moving to Madrid from Manchester United for a record €94 million in 2009. The spot kicks have helped, but even without them he would likely have gone on to beat the tally of the Spanish striker at some stage.
"I'm happy," the Portuguese said in the mixed zone after the game. "I'm grateful to my team-mates for the support they have given me. We knew we had to make a good start to La Liga and to the Champions League. We started La Liga a little badly with a draw at Sporting, but we are in a good moment now."
And Benitez, who surprised many on Monday when he said Ronaldo was not necessarily the best player he had coached, sought to rectify on Tuesday. "There is no debate," he said. "Cristiano is the best in the world. I rate him so highly."