GARETH BALE bagged a brace as Real Madrid silenced critics with a 7-1 win against Deportivo. Schar's boot left Ronaldo with blood profusely leaking from his head, covering his face and his pristine white shirt in the red stuff.
Looking like a prize-fighter rather than a prize-winning forward, Ronaldo was led from the field by Madrid's doctor and borrowed a phone that seemingly belonged to the medic to inspect the damage - surely an act more concerned with surgery than selfies.
Adrian Lopez tapped in the opener for Deportivo, but Nacho soon levelled with a clinical strike.
But the Portugal captain volleyed in his first goal of 2018 to put his team 5-1 ahead late in the second half, then dove bravely to head to the net for his second of the game.
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Madrid was coming off a 1-0 loss to Villarreal, a 2-2 draw against second-division club Numancia in the Copa del Rey and a demoralizing 3-0 defeat to rival Barcelona. Real Madrid may even be open to selling him in the summer, given his dip in form this season.
Benzema didn't find the net himself, but with the French striker on the pitch Real Madrid looked more risky, more fluid. And Gareth Bale played a pivotal part. 'It's great news, it's always good to be able count on players of such quality and get your injured players back and I'm happy to have them back as they give us more power in attack, Zidane added.
Real Madrid host Deportivo La Coruna at the Bernabeu on Sunday as they continue to close to gap and strengthen their chances of securing a Champions League place for next season.