You can never keep Cristiano Ronaldo down for long.
The Portuguese may have endured an indifferent start to the season, but boy has he kicked on in recent weeks. In fact, CR7 has found the perfect way to silence his critics with an electrifying performance in the Madrid derby.
After all, it’s fair to say a hat trick is a rather impressive way of doing so.
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Atletico Madrid haven’t been at their best this season, finding themselves in fifth place before the long awaited derby. Real Madrid, who inhabit top spot, dually took advantage of Atleti’s recent struggles.
There were few poor performers in what was ultimately an emphatic 3-0 victory at the Vicente Calderon.
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It proves a prominent statement of intent in the title race. Besides, it has seen Zinedine Zidane’s men romp a side that won the league just two years ago, in their own back yard.
Barcelona certainly won’t be best pleased as their 0-0 draw with Malaga sees them four points from first place. It may only be November, yet it’s quite a deficit so early in the season.
Ronaldo hat trick
While no Real player performed badly, you can’t overlook the fact Ronaldo bagged all three goals. In light of this, it’d be rude not to walk through the strikes that won the derby.
His first finish proved rather fortuitous, yet crucial nonetheless. His first-half free-kick took a hearty deflection on its way to goal to which Jan Oblak could not sufficiently respond.
The goal, which could be accredited to Raphael Varane at a later date, can be seen below:
In the 71st minute, the 31-year-old put the game to bed from the penalty spot upon being bundled to the floor by ex-Manchester City defender Stefan Savic. The inch perfect spot kick can be seen here:
The hat trick goal may just be the easiest of the lot though. The Portuguese tapped into an open goal after a superb run from Gareth Bale, who was equally superb all game long.
The crowning moment, coupled with a typically self-centered celebration, is below:
So, it’s fair to say that Atletico Madrid will be happy to see the back of a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. In what eventually proved a comfortable victory, CR7 ran them ragged.
Moreover, it may just be the biggest statement yet in what could be the tightest Spanish title race in years.
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