The Portuguese broke Raul's mark of 228 with an extraordinary strike rate of more than a goal per game.
Raul scored 228 in 550 games, while Ronaldo's 230 have come in just 203 matches.
Real ran out 6-0 winners to take temporary leadership of La Liga ahead of Saturday night's clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
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[MATCHCAST: Espanyol v Real Madrid]

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Espanyol

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Ronaldo scored a hat-trick inside the first 20 minutes. ending a two-match 'goal drought' to start the season.
Karim Benzema added a fourth before the break, before Ronaldo surpassed Raul with a simple tap-in from Gareth Bale's low cross.
7' - Luka Modric lofts the ball over a static Espanyol back line and Ronaldo finishes low into the right corner.
17' - Ronaldo finds the corner with a penalty following a foul on Gareth Bale.
20' - A close-range finish from Bale's excellent cross from the left.
61' - Bale the supplier again, this time from the right and Ronaldo finishes unmarked to complete a speed counter-attack.
81' - Lucas Vazquez evades two challenges in the area before teeing up Ronaldo, who makes no mistake.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates against Espanyol

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