Cristiano Ronaldo was in imperious form on Sunday, putting five goals past Granada as Real Madrid humiliated the lowly La Liga outfit by a score of 9-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Gareth Bale, maligned so often this season, had opened the scoring for Madrid shortly before the half-hour mark but it was then Ronaldo, as ever, who assumed complete control of proceedings.
After Ronaldo had found the net for the first time in the Madrid sunshine it took only seven more minutes for him to complete his hat-trick and put the result well beyond doubt by the half-time interval.
It was the 28th time Ronaldo has netted a treble for Real Madrid, a breathtaking statistic, while the scoring against Granada for the Portuguese and his side was far from complete.
Karim Benzema scored Madrid’s fifth goal without reply with just 52 minutes of the match having been played, while Ronaldo produced his fourth of the day only two minutes later.
Benzema was to make it 7-0, quite incredibly, before an hour had even been completed. It was the Frenchman’s 22nd goal of a good season, but he too was way outshone by the incomparable Real Madrid talisman.
Not one person in attendance in the Spanish capital was betting against Ronaldo scoring a fifth of his own and, somewhat inevitably, it came with a minute left on the clock. He now has 49 goals in 44 apparently this season for club and country.
The final goal summed up what a horrifying outing it had been for the visitors as Diego Mainz put through his own net in stoppage time.
Granada remain only five points from the foot of La Liga while Madrid are now only one point from its summit.
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