Two goals in Bulgaria on Wednesday night would see Cristiano Ronaldo draw level with Raul at the top of the Champions League record books.
Raul scored 71 goals in the competition during his career—66 with Madrid and five with Schalke—but it now seems a matter of time until Ronaldo, currently on 69, moves beyond him.
And given the Portuguese forward’s stunning recent form, it’s feasible he could do it away at Ludogorets Razgrad this week.
He scored three in the 8-2 win over Deportivo la Coruna, followed that up with four in the match against Elche and was again on target in the weekend’s 2-0 win at Villarreal.
Throw in the goals he scored against Cordoba and Atletico Madrid, and he’s already scored 10 times in La Liga this season.
Marca say that equals the record set by Laszlo Kubala in 1953 andPahino in 1954, who both hit 10 goals in the opening six matches as well—although Ronaldo did miss one of those six games.
Ludogorets will have been wary of the 29-year-old anyway; his recent lack of mercy means they’ll have to be even more alert to the danger.
However, providing he plays, Wednesday night could be more important for Karim Benzema.
The Frenchman has come under criticism at Madrid this season for his lack of goals—he’s hit the net just twice—and it goes unnoticed by many people how important his role is in Carlo Ancelotti‘s team.
How he set up Ronaldo’s goal on Saturday against Villarreal was art, and he has already assisted five goals this season.
It must also be reasoned, though, that his two-goal return from nine matches this season isn’t great for a No. 9—despite all he does bring to the side.
Ludogorets were denied a point in their opening Champions League game against Liverpool courtesy of a stoppage-time penalty fromSteven Gerrard, so they shouldn’t be taken lightly, but the European Champions should go there and win.