Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he is honored to have scored 400 goals for the Los Blancos.
Ronaldo reached the landmark with a hattrick against Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the semi-final of Champions League.
The 32-year-old is on 399 goals officially, but the club have claimed otherwise – saying that he has reached 400 goals as a Real player.
The controversy dates back to 2010, when a deflected goal was awarded to his team-mate Pepe by the referee’s, but the club have credited the goal to Ronaldo.
However, what is more important is that Real gifted the Portuguese skipper with a shirt marking the iconic moment – presented to him by club president Florentino Perez.
Ronaldo was delighted by Real’s gesture and added that it is a special landmark for him.
“It is something very special,” Ronaldo told Real Madrid TV of his goal-scoring tally.
“It is a lot of goals and I didn’t expect it. It is the fruit of the work of the whole team, my work, all the people who work in the club and the fans, who always support us.”
“Playing for this shirt is always an extra motivation. I feel very happy and I want to try to give my best in the years that I have on my contract, to score goals as always and to help Real Madrid win titles.”
“Scoring three goals made it a special night. I feel very good, I have prepared myself to be in good shape for the final stages of La Liga and the Champions League.”
“You also need a bit of luck, because I have been preparing but things are going well – not only for me, but also for the team.”
“That’s why I say that with dedication and hard work, as always, things come naturally. I’m happy and lucky I’m from this planet.”
Ronaldo added: “The team was phenomenal. We are one step closer to [the final in] Cardiff and we are happy. I’m very happy and it was a match full of emotions.”
“To win 3-0 is incredible and it was an important victory. The dominance we had on the pitch shows that the players are fresh.”
“We are very motivated and we want to get to the final of the Champions League. Now we hope to finish the job.”