On fire Ronaldo sets sights on downing Barcelona

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored his second hat-trick in four days as Real Madrid brushed aside Ajax in the Champions League last night – and has now set his sights on gunning down Barcelona.

The Portuguese winger helped himself to his 6th goal in under a week as Madrid run riot against Ajax, with the Spanish side securing a 4-1 win in Amsterdam.

His exploits rounded off an exceptional week for the 27-year-old, who also took home the match ball following Madrid’s 5-1 romp against Deportivo La Coruna last weekend, and now Ronaldo is aiming for success in El Clasico against Barcelona on Sunday.

“It is important for me to score goals, but the most important thing is the team." Ronaldo said of last night’s win. "[Barcelona] will be a difficult game, but I believe we are playing well and are confident we can get a good result.

"They have a very good squad and there is not much difference between the teams, but we have confidence," he added.

Madrid’s win against Ajax last night confirmed their position as the team to beat in Group D, a fact helped by a 1-1 draw between group rivals Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho’s side now have two wins from two in European competition this year, although the Portuguese coach wasn’t entirely satisfied with his team’s performance.

"I liked Madrid a lot for 75 minutes, the first 45 and the second half after Ajax's goal," he told reporters.

"We had total control of the game against an opponent far from their philosophy, defensive, with their lines very deep.

"With their goal, we lost control and the game became dangerous. Then we scored the third and they knew they game was over."

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