Ronaldo silences critics in style

Ronaldo silences critics in style

Ronaldo silences critics in style
Cristiano Ronaldo silenced his critics with four goals in Real Madrid's 7-1 mauling of Celta Vigo on Saturday after being jeered by certain sections of the home support.

Ronaldo smashed home Madrid's second after Pepe had headed Zinedine Zidane's men in front before half-time. He added three more to surpass Telmo Zarra as the second highest scorer in La Liga history.

And there was further good news for Real as Gareth Bale scored Madrid's seventh on his first appearance after six weeks.

Victory moved Real back to within nine points of leaders Barcelona. Iago Aspas had a huge chance to put Celta in front when he headed against the bar.

Ronaldo didn't make his presence felt until 20 minutes in when his fierce strike from distance was beaten to safety by Ruben Blanco.

The Celta 'keeper also denied Isco and Casemiro, but the visitors were struggling to deal with cross balls and Pepe powered home the opener five minutes before the break from Isco's cross.

Ronaldo had controversially claimed Real would be top of the league if the rest of his teammates matched his exacting standards after the Atletico game.

And the Portuguese was met with a few whistles from the crowd early in the second-half after losing possession twice in quick succession.

However, he responded instantly with a dipping strike from 25 yards that flew past Blanco. More was to come from Ronaldo as he then curled home a brilliant free-kick into the top corner to bring up 250 La Liga goals in just 228 appearances.

Ronaldo then completed his 30th La Liga hat-trick with a tap in from Isco's unselfish low cross.

Bale then made his entrance with the Welsh star's return to fitness a huge boost for Zidane ahead of Madrid's Champions League last-16, second-leg clash with Roma on Tuesday.

Ronaldo headed home his fourth of the afternoon before substitute Jese Rodriguez smashed home Madrid's sixth after a fine solo run.

And Bale showed what Madrid were missing last week against Atletico when he drove at the Celta defence before firing in his 14th goal of the season off the post.
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