Cristiano Ronaldo may have been offside for a brace of his goals on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich, but this cannot take away from the fact that he notched his 98th, 99th and 100th goals in Champions League football and achieved his 41st hat-trick for Real Madrid. An incredible feat.
Real beat Carlo Ancelloti’s Munich side 4-2 after extra-time to progress to the semi-finals of the Champions League. There they will meet either Monaco, Juventus or, in what would be a repeat of last year’s final, neighbours Atletico Madrid.
No team has ever defended the Champions League in its current format, with Los Blancos aiming to break that duck this time around. With Ronaldo in sparkling goalscoring form this season as always, with 31 racked up so far, and showing particularly impressive form since the turn of the year, there can be no qualms with Zinedine Zidane’s side being outright favourites for the trophy from here on in.
At times, down through the years the 32-year-old has been accused of being too selfish and not being a team player. Question marks still remain over his relationship with the likes of fellow galactico’s Gareth Bale and Sergio Ramos.
Rumours of a strained dressing room at Madrid have never been too far away, with the perception that the four-time Ballon d’Or winner sees himself as the King of the Santiago Bernabéu, and any other stars as a threat to his crown.
Based on a clip from Real Madrid’s official YouTube channel, these rumours couldn’t look further from the truth. Ronaldo, having collected his match ball from the referee makes his way back to the Bernabéu dressing rooms, where his teammates are in celebration mode.
The camera follows him around as high fives and pats on the back for everyone ensue.
A great insight into the reality of the La Liga leaders camp.
Aaron Ward, Pundit Arena