Record-breaking Ronaldo eager for Lisbon final

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MUNICH: Portugal’s Cristiano Ro–naldo says the chance to win the Champions League title with Real Madrid in Lisbon means more to him than setting the new European goal-scoring record.

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The 29-year-old Real star netted twice in Tuesday’s historic 4-0 rout of Bayern Munich as the holders suffered their heaviest home defeat in European competition to crash out of the semi-finals 5-0 on aggregate.

Ronaldo picked up his 15th and 16th goals of the current European campaign to help put the Spanish side into the final in Lisbon on May 24 as Carlo Ancelotti’s side humiliated the defending champions.

The Portuguese forward’s two goals helped him eclipse the previous best of 14 in a season registered by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in 2011-12 and Jose Altafini of AC Milan in 1962-63.

“The team really helped me, I am overjoyed, but not primarily because of the cup record, but mainly because we now have the chance to win the title, especially in my home country, in Lisbon,” said Ronaldo, who was born on the island of Madeira, but started his professional career at Sporting Lisbon.

Real will face either Mourinho’s Chelsea or neighbours Atletico Madrid in the Lisbon final as they look to claim ‘La Decima’—their tenth European title having last reached the Champions League final in 2002.

“It will be a difficult game,” said Ronaldo, with the final to be held at the Estadio da Luz, the home of Benfica, the local rivals of Sporting, who Ronaldo left in 2003.

AFP

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