Football

'Words cannot describe Ronaldo'

REAL MADRID 3

(Cristiano Ronaldo 36-pen, 65, 81)

CELTA VIGO 0

Cristiano Ronaldo netted a record 23rd hat-trick in La Liga and his 200th goal in the Spanish top flight as Real Madrid equalled a Spanish record of 18 consecutive wins in all competitions with a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo yesterday morning (Singapore time).

Ronaldo passes Telmo Zarra, whose record as La Liga's all-time top goalscorer was recently usurped by Lionel Messi, and Madrid legend Alfredo di Stefano who both scored 22 hat-tricks to reach his double century of La Liga goals in just 179 games.

Carlo Ancelotti's men have now matched the winning run record set by Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona side in the 2005/06 season, and have the chance to go one better at home to Ludogorets in the Champions League on Wednesday morning (Singapore time).

Ronaldo rolled home a contentious penalty nine minutes before half-time, after referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco ruled that Jonny Castro had pulled down the World Player of the Year as he tried to latch onto a cross. He then smashed home a loose ball inside the area midway through the second half.

The Portugal captain then sealed his latest mark when he converted Marcelo's cross at the far post nine minutes from time.

"The figures that he is reaching are crazy," said Real defender Sergio Ramos of Ronaldo's latest achievements.

"The truth is that it is a privilege for Real Madrid to have a player like him.

"You have to invent words to define him. He is breaking all the records, perhaps he is even in the best form of his career." - AFP.

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  • Athletic Bilbao 0 Cordoba 1
  • Deportivo La Coruna 0 Malaga 1
  • Elche 0 A Madrid 2