Aug 10, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo (7) celebrates his goal against Inter Milan. Real Madrid defeated Inter Milan 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Ancelotti praises Cristiano Ronaldo after breaking record


Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo broke a UEFA Champions League record when he scored his ninth goal in group play. The record was eight goals and set by Filippo Inzaghi for AC Milan in 2002-03 and Hernan Crespo’s for Inter Milan in 2002-03. The mark was eventually tied by Ruud van Nistelrooy’s for Manchester United in 2004-05 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s for Paris Saint-Germain this season.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was Inzaghi’s manager at AC Milan when he set the record and joked that he won’t be happy.

“I think that Inzaghi will not be happy tonight because he has lost this record,” Ancelotti said, via ESPN FC. “[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.”

Had Ronaldo not missed a penalty earlier in the game he could’ve been the first to reach double digits as well.

“He is a bit angry about the penalty, but he scored an important goal and played very well,” Ancelotti said.

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