Cristiano Ronaldo’s score and assist helped Real Madrid consolidate their first place in La Liga, after they defeated Levante convincingly Sunday, giving the team a three-point advantage in the standings.
Last week, the Portuguese striker was also critical in obtaining a draw in the Madrid Derby against Atletico in a heated match at the Vicente Calderon, which gave “Los Blancos” a one point advantage over the second place Barecelona after weeks of sitting in a three-way tie.
This week Cristiano got Real Madrid on the board first, at the 11th minute — his league leading 24th goal — and had an assist in the 49th to allow Marcelo the second goal of the match.
Additionally, Real Madrid continues their undefeated campaign with 29 consecutive victories in all competitions.
With Sunday’s goal — his 239th for “Los Blancos” — Cristiano Ronaldo also inches ever so closely to Madrid’s number four all time scorer, Ferenc Puskas who put the ball in the net 242 times. Raul is the team’s all time leader with 323 goals, followed by Alfredo DiStefano with 305, and Carlos Santillana who scored a total of 289 times.
Levante further diminished their chances of catching up when David Navarro got the red for charging Ronaldo from behind. Some on social media thought it was divine justice after the Spaniard hit the Portuguese star in the face last year and was not ejected.
Justice for Navarro, the man who elbowed Ronaldo in the face last season and stayed on the pitch. #Karma
— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) March 9, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo remained a constant danger against the Levante defenders, with two assists for Karim Benzama that the Frenchman unfortunately could not capitalize on and he also missed a header that hit the crossbar later on in the match.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 10 goals in 9 games against Levante. pic.twitter.com/M6lirk0Oe6
— TheCristianoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) March 9, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo this season: 38 goals for Real Madrid. 10 goals for Portugal. 48 Goals for club+country. InCR7dible pic.twitter.com/oLwskdufYo
— RealMadrid (@RealMadrid_GB) March 9, 2014
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) March 9, 2014
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrating his goal today… pic.twitter.com/jVhojH9vbW
— Canadian Madridistas (@CDNMadridistas) March 9, 2014
For Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates, this weekend couldn’t have worked out better after arch rival Barcelona lost their match against Valladolid 1-0.
With this result La Liga’s table has Real on top with 67 points, Atletico in second place with 64 points, and Barcelona in third with 63, four points behind the leader.
Cristiano Ronaldo will continue his campaign next Saturday when “Los Blancos” visit Malaga and three days later as they welcome Schalke, who they beat 6-0 a few weeks back.