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Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates wildly after nutmegging Raphael Varane.

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates wildly after nutmegging Raphael Varane

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Real Madrid’s players must find Cristiano Ronaldo hard work to be around at times.

The club’s star man wants to score every goal, take every set-piece and will make it abundantly clear when he’s not happy with a teammate if they don’t pass to him when he’s in a good position.

But it’s not just during matches that Ronaldo can be a pain to be around - it’s on the training ground, too. Just ask Raphael Varane.

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Ronaldo kicked the ball through the French defender’s legs while taking part in a rondo - not really a proper nutmeg, then, some would say - and then celebrated as if he’d just won the lottery.

Varane looked unmoved by Ronaldo’s over-the-top reaction and regained his focus - in fairness, he and his teammates must be used to it by now - but the excessive celebration meant Cristiano himself had landed a place in the middle of the rondo. Karma at work, there.

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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo nutmegs Raphael Varane

Madrid derby on Saturday

The 31-year-old and his teammates are busy preparing for one of their most important matches of the season: the Madrid derby against local rivals Atletico at the Bernabeu on Saturday afternoon.

Los Blancos know that their chances of winning La Liga are virtually over after Barcelona extended their lead at the top of the table to nine points - and eight points over second-placed Atletico - but they will keep their remote chances alive by beating Diego Simeone’s men this weekend.

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It finished all square when the Madrid neighbours last went head-to-head, back in October.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring for the visitors inside the opening 10 minutes at the Vicente Calderon but a goal in the 83rd minute from summer signing Luciano Vietto sealed a point for the Colchoneros.

Zidane: Defeat on Saturday wouldn't derail season

Despite the fact Barcelona are so far ahead in the title race - and securing all three points this weekend looks to be imperative for Real Madrid - Zinedine Zidane does not believe that defeat would derail his side’s campaign.

"The derby is one more game, we have to give our best as always. It'll be difficult," the Frenchman was quoted as saying in his pre-match press conference by FourFourTwo on Friday.

"The players know what they have to do. We're going to give our best. The important thing for us is to know what we have to do on the pitch.

"Atletico are not only a team who defend. We know it's difficult. We have analysed the mistakes from Malaga and worked on them this week.

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"Whatever happens, we will not lower our arms until the end. There are points to play for. Our season is not over tomorrow.

"I want to see a good game of football. We have our weapons and we'll try to use them well.

"It's important for the fans, I ask them to get behind the team, as they always do. A derby is always special."

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Cristiano Ronaldo
UEFA Champions League
Karim Benzema
Premier League
La Liga
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale
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Raphael Varane

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