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Cristiano Ronaldo goes second in all-time La Liga scoring charts

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo netted four goals in Saturday's 7-1 win over Celta Vigo which took the Portuguese to second place in the all-time La Liga goal scoring rankings.

Ronaldo had been whistled by a restless Bernabeu earlier in the game, but responded with four goals in 26 second-half minutes to move to 252 strikes in just 228 La Liga games.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi remains the all-time La Liga record goal scorer, with the Argentine having managed 304 so far for the Catalan club.

Ronaldo appeared to be having a poor game and soon after half-time there were groans and whistles around the stadium when he had passed the ball straight out of play when in a promising position.

The Portuguese soon answered those critics by swerving a 30-yard strike to the net. He soon followed that with a superb 25-yard free kick right to the top corner of the Celta goal, then completed his hat trick from close range from Isco's cross, before heading his fourth of the game to the net from Jese's corner.

Pepe had opened the scoring just before half-time, with Jese and Gareth Bale also getting on the scoresheet. Iago Aspas got Celta's goal midway through the second period.

Ronaldo also now heads the La Liga Pichichi top scorer race with 27 goals, two ahead of Barcelona's Luis Suarez, with Messi back on 19 in joint-third. He has also moved one ahead of Benfica's Jonas to top the current European Golden Boot standings.

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