Cristiano Ronaldo scored two twice to reach his 400th career goal, in Real Madrid’s 3-0 victory against Celta Vigo and dedicated both scores to the late Portuguese legend, Eusebio.
Ronaldo, who is having a very successful year, scored twice in the late minutes of the emotional game played at the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday.
The former Portuguese star, Eusebio, died at the age of 71 on Sunday, as previously reported by The Inquisitr and before Real Madrid’s game a minute of silence was observed by a packed stadium.
Ronaldo was touched by all the tributes paid to his fellow country man:
“I want to thank everyone, especially to all the people in Spain for the homage they have paid to Eusebio. For the Portuguese it is very important to feel the warmth shown by the Spanish people.”
“He was someone who was very close to me and obviously my goals today were dedicated to him. He helped me a lot with the national team and he is an example for us. It is very sad that we have lost one of the greatest players of all time.”
Cristiano Ronaldo’s career has spanned 12 years and includes playing for three clubs plus Portugal’s national team. The goal breakdown goes like this: Sporting Lisbon (5), Manchester United (118), Real Madrid (230) and Portugal National Team (47).
The 28-year-old has needed 653 matches against 109 different opponents to reach the 400 mark, which includes 99 penalty and free kicks. The two goals on Monday, give him 29 goals for the season.
There has been much talk and speculation as to who will win the Ballon d’Or and last month it was announced that Cristiano Ronaldo was one of three finalists for this year’s award.
Controversy ensued when FIFA president Sepp Blatter seemed to favor Lionel Messi –another of the finalists along with Ribery– over Cristiano Ronaldo, who threatened to boycott the award ceremony in Zurich.
“Yes, I will go to the ceremony,” he said. “I don’t know if it is fair whether I win, or whether it is Ribery or Messi.”
“I always try to do my job in the same way and help Real Madrid by scoring goals. If I win then it will be great, but if I don’t then my life will continue and I will remain the same person.” Cristiano Ronaldo said.