Goal of the day: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) vs Levante | inside World Soccer

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 119th goal for Real Madrid and the 4000th in the club's history with a wonderful 30-yard strike in a 4-2 home win over 10-man Levante.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his hat-trick with coach José Mourinho
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his hat-trick with coach José Mourinho

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After Gustavo Cabral gave Levante a surprise early lead, Ronaldo got his first from the penalty spot following a handball by Vicente Iborra, who was also dismissed for his second yellow card.

Ronaldo headed home his second five minutes into the second half before completing his hat-trick in some style seven minutes later.

The Portugal international unleashed a shot from outside the area that took a wicked dip over goalkeeper Gustavo Munúa and into goal for his 119th goal in 122 games with the Spanish giants, surpassing the 118 he scored in 292 appearances for Manchester United.

An Arouna Koné header briefly gave a glimmer of hope for Levante but Karim Benzema slotted in a fourth for Real after 65 minutes.

"Cristiano Ronaldo's goal was incredible, fantastic, and I believe it will go around the world during the next few weeks," Madrid coach José Mourinho stated on the post-match press conference.

"The entire team feels so and it was a special strike for Cristiano. It was the 4,000th strike at the Santiago Bernabéu and he deserves it."

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