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Ronaldo's staggering record continues as he reaches 300 goals in just 288 games

Real Madrid are four points behind Barcelona in La Liga after Ronaldo and James Rodriguez secured a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.

Ronaldo is hugged by his team-mates.
Ronaldo is hugged by his team-mates.

CRISTIANO RONALDO’S 48th goal of another remarkable season set Real Madrid on the way to a battling 2-0 victory over Rayo Vallecano.

La Liga leaders Barcelona eased to a 4-0 win over struggling Almeria earlier on Wednesday and Real endured a far more testing encounter against their tireless near-neighbours.

Rayo attacked with verve and intelligence as they enjoyed the better of the first half and, although Real improved after the interval, the prolific form showcased during Sunday’s 9-1 demolition of Granada eluded them.

Ronaldo netted a remarkable five times in that game, but his solitary 68th-minute header here was arguably of greater importance in terms of the title race. Incredibly, it was his 300th competitive goal for the club in 288 appearances.

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The Ballon d’Or holder turned provider for the impressive James Rodriguez to make the points safe with 17 minutes left – ensuring Real remain four points behind Barca and five ahead of reigning champions Atletico Madrid in third.

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