Cristiano Ronaldo scored four second-half goals Saturday to become the second-leading career scorer in the Spanish league as Real Madrid routed Celta Vigo, 7-1.
Ronaldo has 252 career goals, surpassing Telmo Zarra’s mark of 251 goals that had stood as a record until the Barcelona star Lionel Messi passed that milestone in 2014. Messi’s hat trick in a 5-1 win at Rayo Vallecano on Thursday took his tally to 305.
Ronaldo scored with a long blast, on a free kick, on a short cross and with a header on a corner kick.
Besides surpassing Zarra’s mark for Athletic Bilbao from 1955, Ronaldo also passed Barcelona’s Luis Suárez as the league’s top scorer for the season. Ronaldo has 27 goals to Suárez’s 25.
Madrid remained in third place, 9 points behind first-place Barcelona, which visits Eibar on Sunday, when second-place Atlético…