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The prolific Portugal forward needs just three

more career goals to surpass Raul's record of

323 strikes for the club.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has

hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as he prepares to

become the highest goalscorer in the club's


The 30-year-old has scored 321 goals for

Madrid, leaving him needing just two more to

draw level with Raul's tally of 323 ahead of

Saturday's Liga meeting with Granada at the

Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick in the club's

Champions League victory over Shakhtar

Donetsk on Tuesday, days after finding the

back of the net five times in the 6-0 thrashing

of Espanyol.

And Perez - who brought Ronaldo to the club

from Manchester United for a then world-

record €94 million (£80m) fee back in 2008 -

believes there is still much more to come from

the forward.

He said: "Cristiano Ronaldo is already a legend

of Real Madrid and has earned a place in the

history among the largest in this club.

"He has already been the top scorer of Real

Madrid in the league, and certainly in the

coming days will be the top scorer of all time.

"He's a unique player who is going to continue

to give us much happiness."

Perez also reserved kind words for Iker Casillas

- who joined Porto in the summer - and said it

was the goalkeeper's choice to leave rather

than the club's.

"Iker Casillas made the decision to go. He

strongly recommend us to accept it and asked

us to help. We did it because he deserves it.

"He has been the best goalkeeper in the history

of Real Madrid and the Spanish football. His

example remains and leads the way for those

who dream of being part of this team."



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