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CR7 scores 800th career goal

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo hit yet another landmark with his 800th career goal in Tuesday's Champions League win over Villarreal.

Before Jadon Sancho rounded off the scoring against the Yellow Submarine, Ronaldo capitalised on a defensive error from Villarreal to chip goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli in the 78th minute.

The 36-year-old kept up his phenomenal streak of scoring in every Champions League game so far this season, with his sixth goal of the tournament representing a new personal milestone.

Ronaldo's opener against Unai Emery's side marked his 800th goal of a glittering career, as well as being his 140th in the Champions League.

It has been over 19 years since Ronaldo scored his first senior goal in Sporting Lisbon colours, and 128 of his 800 strikes have come during his two spells at Man United.

The five-time Ballon d'Or winner now has 10 goals to his name from 14 games this term as United confirmed their place in the last-16 with Tuesday's 2-0 win.

… Emerges first player ever to net three late winners in UCL season

CRISTIANO RONALDO became the first player in Champions League history to score three late winners in one season.

The Portuguese superstar bailed Manchester United out once more with his classy finish away at Villarreal on Tuesday night.

He broke the deadlock on 78 minutes after Fred's interception, lofting the ball over goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli.

Jadon Sancho blasted in his first Red Devils goal in the 90th minute to make it 2-0.

But it was Ronaldo who grabbed the winner.

United have won three of their five Champions League group stage matches so far - enough to book their place in the knockout stages.

And in all three, Ronaldo has settled it inside the last 15 minutes.

Against Villarreal at home on September 29, the five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored a dramatic 95th-minute goal to seal all three points.

And then in the home tie with Atalanta on October 20, it was that man again who delivered the goods, that time with an 81st-minute header.

Opta confirmed: "Ronaldo's strike against Villarreal was the third time he has scored a match-winning goal in the final 15 minutes of a Champions League match this season - the most by a player in a single season in the competition (excluding extra-time)."

On top of that, Ronaldo also scored in the matches away at Young Boys and Atalanta.

In the first match of the campaign, the ex-Real Madrid and Juventus forward opened the scoring in Switzerland after 13 minutes.

But after being subbed off during the second half, he had to watch on as United conceded a 95th-minute winner.

In Italy, Ronaldo was the hero again with equalisers in first-half and second-half stoppage time to rescue a 2-2 draw.

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