The Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored another Champions League hat-trick as Real Madrid meet rivals Atletico 3:0 in the Champions League for the third time in four seasons.
This was another monument to the phenomenal goalscoring achievements of this footballer with his 103 goals in this competition and an unerring ability to be the right man in the right place at all the right times.
Ronaldo may not be Real Madrid’s best player, but he was the man to whom they all look as the final, critical part of the winning machine, the finisher with blood in his veins, the most inevitable goalscorer in the history of the European game.
The 32, Ronaldo is already a reigning European champion for club and country and now, on track for the fourth Champions League title of his career. He has 47 career hat-tricks, 42 for Real and six this season
With real Madrid performance , Atletico only had one shot on target and will need to pull off one of the Champions League’s all-time special performances to stop double-chasing Real from ending their European dreams for the fourth straight season.
Real were utterly dominant throughout against their city rivals at the Bernabeu and led after 10 minutes when Ronaldo headed home Casemiro’s cross.
the crown of Zinedine Zidane who is on course for his second straight Champions League title as a manager and whose galaxy of stars undeniably play a kind of football that is hard for the rest to live with. “We have players who have patience,”
Ronaldo, the top scorer in the history of the Champions League with 103 goals, loves the big occasion. And occasions do not come much bigger.
He has now scored one more goal – 52 – in the knockout stages than he has in the group stages. He has now scored eight goals in his past three games in the competition, and is up to 13 Champions League semi-final goals.
Ronaldo was in an offside position when Sergio Ramos’ cross came in for the first goal, but the ball never reached him, instead coming out to Casemiro, who crossed for the Portuguese to head home.
His second came when Karim Benzema held off Diego Godin, and Filipe Luis’ follow-up clearance bounced up to Ronaldo, who lashed home.
And he surely wrapped the tie up when he added a third in the 86th minute.