Ancelotti hails record-breaker Ronaldo
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti joked that Filippo Inzaghi will not be happy that Cristiano Ronaldo has broken his record for scoring the most goals in a Champions League group.
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Ronaldo’s clincher in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win at FC Copenhagen on Tuesday night was his ninth in the competition already this season, and took him ahead of Inzaghi’s tally for AC Milan in 2002-03, Hernan Crespo’s for Inter Milan in 2002-03, Ruud van Nistelrooy’s for Manchester United in 2004-05 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s for Paris Saint-Germain this season, all of whom had registered eight goals.
Ancelotti, Inzaghi’s coach at Milan when he set the record and Ibrahimovic’s boss last year at PSG, said the former Italy striker would not have liked to have seen his tally surpassed.
“I think that Inzaghi will not be happy tonight because he has lost this record,” Ancelotti said. “[Ronaldo] has gone ahead of a very strong player. Inzaghi was very strong inside the area and Ibrahimovic is powerful with a fantastic ability to score and assist. Cristiano Ronaldo is a complete forward who can score goals in every way possible.”
The mark could have moved to 10 during Tuesday’s game, but Ronaldo saw a ‘Panenka’-style penalty attempt saved late on by Copenhagen goalkeeper Johan Wiland.
Ancelotti said the Portugal international, 28, was annoyed with himself but would get over it.
“He is a bit angry about the penalty, but he scored an important goal and played very well,” the Italian coach said.
Ronaldo began his Champions League campaign with a hat trick in Galatasaray, and scored in all five group games he played in. He was the competition’s top scorer last season with 12, and has scored 28 times in his last 23 Champions League matches, with the former Manchester United star contributing 57 strikes in the tournament proper over his career.