Ronaldo headed in Real Madrid CF’s 25th-minute equaliser against FC Schalke 04 in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg to draw level with Raúl González, who had topped the pile since surpassing Filippo Inzaghi in October 2010.
Ronaldo then added his second of the night – another equaliser – on the stroke of half-time to make it eight goals for the current campaign and eclipse the Spaniard.
It was also his 75th strike in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, taking him level with Lionel Messi as the elite competition’s joint-top scorer.
The last of former Madrid ace Raúl’s European goals came for Schalke in the 2011/12 UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.
UEFA club competition top scorers
78: Cristiano Ronaldo (Sporting Clube de Portugal, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF)
77: Raúl González (Real Madrid, FC Schalke 04)
76: Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
70: Filippo Inzaghi (Parma FC, Juventus, AC Milan)
67: Andriy Shevchenko (FC Dynamo Kyiv, AC Milan, Chelsea FC)
62: Gerd Müller (FC Bayern München)
62: Ruud van Nistelrooy (sc Heerenveen, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United FC, Real Madrid CF, Hamburger SV)
59: Thierry Henry (AS Monaco FC, Arsenal FC, FC Barcelona)
59: Henrik Larsson (Feyenoord, Celtic FC, FC Barcelona, Helsingborgs IF)
56: Eusébio (SL Benfica)
UEFA Champions League top scorers (group stage to final)
75 Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona)
75 Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United FC/Real Madrid CF)
71 Raúl González (Real Madrid CF/FC Schalke 04)
56 Ruud van Nistelrooy (PSV Eindhoven/Manchester United FC/Real Madrid CF)
50 Thierry Henry (AS Monaco FC/Arsenal FC/FC Barcelona)