With Ronaldo resting for the Champions League semifinals, a Madrid side full of second-choice players had no trouble dealing Granada a fifth loss in a row under new coach Tony Adams.
"It's something special", Ronaldo said. I'm very lucky, and I am from this planet!
Tuesday night saw the first round of the Real Madrid vs. Atlético de Madrid Champions League match, which Real won with a hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo, average 8.9 million viewers and gain nearly a 50% of share.
"It was a game full of emotions". And, halfway through UEFA World Cup qualifying, he has a tournament-high nine goals for a Portuguese team that has lost just once in five games.
"A colossal Cristiano KOs Atletico with three goals", said Marca.
The 24-year-old is expected to leave Los Blancos in the summer having struggled to establish himself as a regular starter under coach Zinedine Zidane.
"I'm not the coach that has made him rest, all I know is that players need to rest, especially if they want to arrive at the final stage of the season in top condition. He's got goals in him, he is unique".
And Saul Niguez's victor 21 minutes from time ensured they now need just one more point from their final two games to guarantee third place in La Liga ahead of Sevilla and avoid a Champions League qualifier in August.
That stat sums up the difference in European pedigree between Madrid's two major clubs.
However, it certainly did not look as if the hosts were keen to close the four-goal gap as on more than one occasion potentially risky crosses were met by no attacking threat or presence, optimising the lacklustre mindset of the so-called Granada team. "In that respect - and in the league in the last four years - the statistics are not as positive".
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I have to change the players, as I have done for the last two months", he explained. Asked if he would consider the 23-year-old, Allegri replied: "We have Higuain.
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While the 34-year-old Parker is not the dynamic playmaker he was in his younger days, he is still hugely important to the team. He appeared to land awkwardly while taking a shot with 8:34 to play Wednesday night and crumpled to the court.
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Barcelona, trying to win its second consecutive Spanish league title, may count on the return of midfielder Andres Iniesta, who missed the game at Espanyol last weekend because of a right leg muscle injury.
Real Madrid look certainly on course to complete an unbelievable season but Zidane believes that there is still a long way to go to clinch the double, and his future will depend on that success.
"You can say that their season wasn't good because they were relegated, but it's a team that showed that it deserved to stay in the first division". "We will fight until the last drop of hope".
"If we do that, Atletico Madrid will cause some harm", he said.
It is more likely being Atletico will mean missing out to Real once more.
As things stand, Simeone can't strengthen his squad due to one-year transfer ban.
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Not that Ronaldo or Real will care.
In fact, the free-to-air (FTA) channel and the media group were well aware of viewer interest in the Champions League semi-final, which is why they scheduled the premiere of La Casa de Papel immediately after the match.
"We have a small advantage, we are a step away from Cardiff and hopefully we can finish it off", added Ronaldo.