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The Portugal forward apologised to the media as
he picked up an award for breaking the club's
goalscoring record in the 2-0 Champions
League win over Malmo on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo has apologised for being "a
bit of a bastard" to the media at an event to
celebrate him equalling Raul's record as Real
Madrid's all-time leading goal scorer.

Ronaldo broke Raul's record of 323 goals for the
Madrid club with a brace in the 2-0 Champions
League win over Malmo on Wednesday.

The double in Sweden also took the former
Manchester United forward passed the 500
career goals mark, joining the ranks of
prodigious goalscorers such as Gerd Muller and
Ferenc Puskas.

But at an event organised by Real, with his
team-mates and coaching staff present,
Ronaldo chose to thank those that had helped
him throughout his career and also apologised
for the way he has treated the media recently.
"I am very happy, thanks to my team-mates
because without them this would never be
possible," Ronaldo said. "Also thanks to all my
coaches, [Manuel] Pellegrini, [Jose] Mourinho,
[Carlo] Ancelotti, [Rafael] Benitez. They have
always helped me, the equipment managers,
the physios.

"I also thank the media, because I know that
lately I've been a little bastard with them, but
it's my way of being.

"And my friends, Jorge Mendes and my mother.
And the president for this event, Hala Madrid!"

There is some controversy behind the counting
of the goal tally, with Ronaldo, the club and
newspaper Marca all believing that the former
Manchester United attacker has reached 324
goals, but official records suggesting the
Portuguese remains on 323 goals, level with

The disagreement centres on a goal against
Real Sociedad in 2010 which looped off Real
team-mate Pepe and into the net, with the
defender suggesting the goal should be
Ronaldo's but official records disputing the

But speaking at the event organised by the club,
who have themselves awarded the disputed
goal to Ronaldo, the 30-year-old spoke with
pride about being associated with players such
as Raul and Alfredi Di Stefano.

"For me it is an honour to receive this award, I
never imagined when I dressed for the first time
this shirt that I would be the best scorer of the
team, that could beat my friend Raul and Alfredo
Di Stefano," he added.

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