Real Madrid earned a 2-0 win over America of Mexico in the Club World Cup semifinals Thursday, extending the club’s record unbeaten streak to 36 matches. But that wasn’t the only big accomplishment.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 500th club goal of his illustrious career, grabbing his team’s second in the dying minutes. Take a look.
That was Ronaldo’s 377th career goal for Real Madrid. He had 118 for Manchester United and five for Sporting Lisboa. He reaches the mark in his 689th career club match.
Included in those 500 career club goals are 40 hat tricks, with more goals coming against Sevilla (22) than any other club.
To put this mark into context can be tricky, as what goals count can differ from league to league and many records are often disputed. But get this — Pele scored over 500 career club goals, while guys like Romario, Gerd Muller and Diego Maradona never did. Lionel Messi of Barcelona has 475.
Not too shabby.