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What Cristiano Ronaldo said to Gareth Bale before penalty vs Atletico

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Cristiano Ronaldo was at his very best against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon on Saturday night.

In an impressive 3-0 win for Real Madrid, the Portuguese scored a memorable hat-trick to extend their lead at the top of La Liga to four points.

A deflected free-kick in the 23rd minute gave Real the lead - and Ronaldo his first - before scoring a penalty in the 71st minute and a tap-in six minutes later.

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The 31-year-old's third goal came following a brilliant run from Gareth Bale, who laid it on a plate for his teammate at the far post.

Ronaldo's celebration said it all. Instead of performing his traditional 'Siii!', he merely crouched and stared at the away fans, gloating.

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And yet he might not have scored a hat-trick at all after winning a penalty with 20 minutes remaining.

According to El Chiringuito TV, with replays backing their claim (see below), Ronaldo actually asked Bale if he wanted to take the spot kick before stepping up himself.

No, really.

Replays show Ronaldo looking directly at Bale and nodding in the direction of the penalty spot, saying "chutas?", which means "shoot?" in Spanish.

One Spanish-speaking Reddit user interpreted the Portugal international's words as "tu o yo?", which translates to "you or me?".

Regardless of what exactly Ronaldo said, it's pretty astonishing that he would even consider giving up the penalty to one of his teammates.

This is, after all, a player widely regarded as selfish. Perhaps Ronaldo has a more selfless side that he's not given enough credit for.

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Real's superstar would ultimately be the one to fire past Jan Oblak, with manager Zinedine Zidane hailing Ronaldo after the game.

"I've never had any doubts that Cristiano is the best," he said, per Sky Sports. "Tonight ends that debate, the Ballon d'Or will be for him.

"I had no doubt, and it is not the three goals he scored that will make me change my mind. He demonstrated it all last season, he demonstrates it every time.

"We expect a lot from him, but he is above everyone else."

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Gareth Bale
La Liga
Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal National Football Team
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Manchester United
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