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Real Madrid sets historic Champions League mark against Shakhtar Donetsk

Real Madrid sets historic Champions League mark against Shakhtar Donetsk

Historic goal mark for Real Madrid

Global giants and record La Liga winner Real Madrid furthered their already gargantuan reputation in the footballing world tonight against Champions League opponents Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group D showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu.

At the time of writing, Madrid is level at 1-1 at the half with the Ukrainian outfit thanks to an equalizer from Brazilian youngster Fernando, but Real can thank star striker Karim Benzema for putting them 1-0 up inside the opening 15-minutes and writing another chapter in their illustrious history when hitting the club’s 1,000th goal in the top European cup competition.

Benzema slotted past keeper Anatolii Trubin thanks to service from Brazilian starlet Vinícius Júnior, scoring his third goal of the group stage and his 12th-goal in all competitions in just 14-appearances thus far in the current campaign.

There was no better man to score the record goal for Madrid given the contributions of the French international this season, and should Los Blancos earn all three points come full time, they would find themselves one more result away from booking passage into the knockout stage of the competition for the 25th consecutive time.

A club of bathed in success

Karim Benzema’s iconic goal tonight is just one of countless storied moments in the history of Real Madrid; a club that is unrivalled in football.

Real Madrid sets historic Champions League mark against Shakhtar Donetsk

LISBON, PORTUGAL – MAY 24: Raphael Varane of Real Madrid celebrates victory with the trophy after the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

At current, no other club can match their overall European trophy haul (19), with fierce rivals Barcelona and AC Milan coming second (14).

Their dominance in La Liga is also incredibly noteworthy as they have won the league a record 34-times while finishing runner-up on 24 occasions. The 34 league wins constitute 37% of the total league wins in the history of the Spanish top flight, making Real Madrid so much more than just the club that achieved “La Décima” during the 2013-14 season.

This article was edited by Ben Browning.