Cristiano Ronaldo almost completes hat-trick against Deportivo with brilliant goal

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So it looks like Cristiano Ronaldo's best efforts aren't going to be quite enough.

The Portuguese superstar is doing all he can to haul Real Madrid up to the top of La Liga on the last day of the season, and scored twice in his team's game against Deportivo La Coruna.

Ahead of the final round of games in Spain, Madrid were a single point behind Barcelona, who were up against Granada.

Ronaldo looked like a man possessed as he first gave Madrid the upper hand with just seven minutes gone, before doubling Madrid's lead with a header before the half-hour mark.

He then almost rounded off his hat-trick in the most glorious style imaginable. The 31-year-old ran on to a long through ball over the top, gloriously placed the ball under his spell with an immaculate first touch before getting his shot off in one fluid movement.

Unfortunately for Ronaldo, he could only watch on as his shot agonisingly ricocheted off the post and towards safety. 

He almost matched that moment minutes later with a thunderous long-range shot that cannoned off the bar.

Sadly for the former Manchester United man it wasn't to be, and manager Zinedine Zidane took the decision to take Ronaldo off the field at half-time, with one eye on the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid in Milan at the end of the month.

The means Ronaldo ends the season with 35 league goals to his name - but remarkably he won't finish as top scorer.

That accolade will fall to Luis Suarez who matched Ronaldo's exploits in the first half during Barca's game against Granada. He hit his own brace to take his personal league tally to 39.

Still, Ronaldo did set one new record however; he's the first player in history to score 50+ goals in six straight seasons. Plus he now has a contender for the greatest goal never scored, plus a Champions League final to contend with. All in, it's not been a bad season.

Do you think Ronaldo would prefer to be league top scorer over winning the Ballon d'Or?

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