Real Madrid have become the first club to score 1,000 goals in the history of the European Cup and Champions League thanks to Karim Benzema’s premiere against Shakthar Donetsk.
Real scored 999 goals in Europe’s top club competition before the Ukrainian team visited the Bernabeu. Benzema struck just 14 minutes into the race for Los Blancos to reach the huge milestone, the 74th Champions League goal of his own career.
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The goal came when Vinicius Junior stole the ball in Shakhtar’s penalty and fed Benzema for a simple tap-in just a few meters away.
Real is synonymous with the European Cup and Champions League more than any other club.
They won the first five in a row after the launch in the autumn of 1955, with a legendary side with the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano, Ferenc Puskas and Paco Gento.
Real also lifted additional trophies in 1966, 1998, 2000 and 2002, the latter secured by an iconic volley from Zinedine Zidane at Hampden Park.
The elusive Decima eventually came in 2014 under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti, with Real crushing city rivals Atletico in overtime.
Real were again European champions in 2016, and continued to be the first and still the only club in the Champions League era to retain the title when they won it again in 2017. It became a hat trick of titles 2018, the first European Cup “three-turf” since Bayern Munich in the 1970s.
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