Ronaldo set to become European football's highest scorer

Ronaldo set to become European football's highest scorer
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Published March 10th, 2015 - 17:06 GMT via

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Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo would overtake Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and former team-mate Raul to become the all-time leading goalscorer in European competitions if he scores for Real Madrid in Tuesday's Champions League match against Schalke.

The Portuguese netted in the first leg of the second-round tie in Gelsenkirchen to draw level with his Argentine rival and the former Spain skipper on 76 strikes in Europe. A goal in the return at the Santiago Bernabeu would see him top the continental scoring charts ahead of Messi's meeting with Manchester City at Camp Nou next week.

Raul took 168 games with Real and Schalke to reach 76 goals, while Ronaldo required just 117 and Messi only 95 to hit the same number.

The Argentine also leads the way with 75 goals in the Champions League, with Cristiano two behind on 73 and Raul's long-standing record of 71 now relegated to third place.

Ronaldo's 76 are made up of 73 Champions League goals, one in the competition's qualifiers which does not count in his overall tally for the tournament and two in the Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla back in August.

Messi, meanwhile, has scored 75 of his 76 in the Champions League, with the other coming in Barca's Uefa Super Cup victory against Porto in 2011.

Madrid lead Schalke 2-0 heading into the second leg.

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