Real Madrid’s game at Riazor last night, with eight goals from the visitors, was one for the record books, with Cristiano to the fore. The Portuguese striker, who hadn’t previously scored at the ground, picked up a hat-trick, which leaves him just two away from Zarra and Di Stéfano’s all-time record of 22 hat-tricks.
Cristiano also equalled Messi’s record of hat-tricks away from home, with both players now on seven.
In terms of overall goals in the Liga for Real Madrid, Ronaldo keeps marching towards the all time record scorers: Di Stéfano (255), Raúl (253), Santillana (242), Puskas (205) and Cristiano (204).
Ronaldo had got his name on the score sheet on six previous occasions against Deportivo, all of them coming at the Santiago Bernabéu, including his Madrid debut in La Liga in August 2009. On that occasion Madrid won 3-2, with the Portuguese striker scoring one of the goals that gave Real their first three points of the season.
Ronaldo subsequently found the net on five other occasions, but was always denied on Depor’s home turf. After breaking his duck with a hat-trick, the only stadium left on his goalscoring list is Anoeta and New San Mamés.
This season the Madrid striker will also visit Eibar and Córdoba, two venues he is yet to play at, and will travel to Anoeta in the second half of the campaign.