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Cristiano Ronaldo crucial as Real Madrid aim for 18th straight win

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It seems almost inconceivable that Real Madrid head into their La Liga fixture with Celta Vigo looking for a club record 18th straight victory.

Carlo Ancelotti's table-toppers have risen to every challenge set them this season, and then some.

Not since a 1-2 reverse at home to local rivals Atletico Madrid back in mid-September have Los Blancos failed to take all three points from a fixture.

During that time, just nine goals have been conceded and an incredible 70 scored. It's form from another planet altogether and Madridistas are drinking it in. 

On course for history

At this rate, Real are on course to smash the 150 goal barrier in the league and must be favourites to retain the Champions League trophy, thus becoming the first side in the modern era to do so.

There are many reasons why Real have enjoyed a purple patch over the last year or so, in particular the last few months.

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Toni Kroos has been a magnificent addition to the midfield. That Xabi Alonso is rarely spoken about tells us all we need to know about the German's impact in the Spanish capital.

Leading the way in terms of passes generally in La Liga, Kroos also has the highest percentage of completed passes in Spain at 94 percent.

Raising the bar

James Rodriguez, after a slow start, is really beginning to find his feet and a hat-trick against Cornella in the Copa Del Rey during the week is further evidence of his compatibility.

However, there is one player that stands above all others as Real head towards that 18th victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo has raised the bar yet again, which hardly seems possible after his incredible campaign last season.

Most connoisuers of Spanish football will point to an incredible run of goalscoring form as to his importance in the side.

Not just goals

Almost 30 goals already at this stage of the season is unheard of, but as the Portuguese showed against Malaga, he is now becoming a provider as well as the main man.

The drop of his shoulder and stepovers before a pinpoint cross to Karim Benzema for the opener was as good an assist as you'll see all year.

The verve with which he celebrated the Frenchman's finish tells us much about how Ronaldo's game will develop over the coming months.

For now, he remains to the go-to guy and he rarely disappoints. A gift that just keeps on giving.

It'd be a huge surprise if he doesn't write his name all over Real's 18th successive victory this weekend.

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