Cristiano Ronaldo scored a second hat-trick in three days to help Real Madrid record a 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk in their opening UEFA Champions League fixture.
The hat-trick was Ronaldo’s third in Champions League play, and he now holds the all-time CL record with 11 goals from penalty kicks, per ESPN Stats & Info. We were strong in defence and the team did good work.
This type of gamesmanship was to matter little in the overall context of the game however, as Cristiano Ronaldo went on the net a hat-trick and send Real top of their group on goal difference, just ahead of PSG.
It means the Portuguese star has scored eight goals in his past two games, the flawless response after suffering eight games without scoring.
“I’m content. It’s an honour to be in this position”.
“I feel very proud and happy with this moment”, Ronaldo said after his latest impressive performance. “We have such strength in attack, so I am happy to have made many chances, while not conceding a goal”.
Real Madrid defeated Shaktar Donetsk 4-0 on Tuesday to kick-off their Champions League campaign on the ideal note.
The downside of the night for Madrid was injuries to Gareth Bale, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, with the most serious appearing to be a calf muscle problem which could sideline Bale for some weeks.
Real Madrid’s next league match is on Saturday against Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu. “I said yesterday that he plays for our team and that he is the best player in the world”.
“Obviously we have to wait, I said before two of them are knocks”.
A statement released by Real on Wednesday read: “Following the tests carried out on Sergio Ramos today in the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, the player has been diagnosed with dislocated acromioclavicular joint in his left shoulder”.
Bale’s injury would be a bigger worry for the Welsh football team, as the team have been reliant on the player throughout the qualifying stages.