Best stats & tweets as Cristiano Ronaldo nets a first half brace for Real Madrid v Schalke

Real Madrid had Cristiano Ronaldo to thank after being outplayed by Schalke in the first half of their Champions League last 16 second leg.

Going in at 2-2 at half time, the 30 year old Portuguese superstar had scored two fantastic headers to pull Real Madrid level on two occasions.

Ronaldo became the leading scorer in all European Competitions, overtaking Raul and Lionel Messi. He also overtook Messi as the top scorer in the Champions League.

The former Manchester United man has not been at his best since winning his third Ballon d’Or in January but looks to be at his lethal best tonight.

Having secured a 2-0 win away at Schalke in the first leg, many thought Real Madrid were home and dry ahead of the visit of Schalke.

If not for Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos would be in all kinds of trouble.