Ronaldo a class apart as real put foot in final

Ruben Hill
May 8, 2017

Cristiano Ronaldo says he never expected to score as many Real Madrid goals after his hat-trick against Atletico Madrid saw him reach 400 goals for his side - at least according to the club.

Cristiano Ronaldo reminded the world of his brilliance as he became the first player to score back-to-back hat-tricks in the knockout stage of the Champions League to all but guarantee Real Madrid a place in this season's final.

Ronaldo was at it again on Tuesday, gesturing to his own fans after completing the 42nd hat-trick of his Real Madrid career. But now, with time, age has caught on and Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has had to manage the number of matches Ronaldo played this season. He scored in 20th minutes as well.

"The domination the team showed yesterday on the pitch shows how fresh our players are, we are very motivated and we want to go to the Champions League final". The Portuguese forward put his team on the verge of their third final in four years and took his tally to 103 goals in the competition as he helped Madrid vanquish their city rivals at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Seven of those have come in his last three games, though, as he struck five of Madrid's six in seeing off Bayern 6-3 on aggregate in the quarters.

"It's great to have a player like Ronaldo", Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said.

"Coming back from 3-0, I do not think it's impossible".

The loss was a continuation of results Atletico have suffered in continental competitions against Real since the European Cup semi-final in 1959, despite coach Diego Simeone's reign bringing more balance to the rivalry.

"They won the first leg of the qualifier, but the second one still remains", Simeone said, quoted on the official Atletico website. "Tomorrow we'll turn our attention to what's an important game on Saturday". There's no such thing as an easy game in football.

It mattered little as Madrid made short work of Atletico's famously misery rearguard soon afterwards.

"Until the last drip of hope is gone, we will give it everything we have".

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