Real Madrid coach Zidane prepares for Girona clash: There's no small teams

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"The league is very competitive, there are not small teams", he explained.

Ronaldo has now netted 22 times in the league this season, trailing Barcelona's Lionel Messi by just three goals.

Ronaldo has been the subject of a lot of attention this season, as he generally is.

But Cristiano Ronaldo's work, on the night, was far from over.

Madrid were stunned 2-1 in the reverse fixture in October and they seemed intent on avenging that defeat as they flew out of the traps and called Bono into action twice in the first seven minutes.

It was not long before Ronaldo continued his hot streak, however, as Kroos exchanged passes with Marcelo from a corner and picked out the Portuguese to sweep home first time from 12 yards.

Mateo Kovacic, Vazquez and Benzema were all involved in a glorious team move, the Frenchman slipping through a pass for Ronaldo to finish off the underside of the crossbar.

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Girona answered two minutes later through defender Juanpe, who headed home from Alex Granell's corner kick.

Real retook the lead with a powerful strike from Ronaldo and he then set up Lucas Vazquez for the hosts' third before completing his hat-trick.

4-1, Ronaldo (64 mins): Ronaldo completed the 50th hat-trick for club and country in his career when he steered in the rebound after Benzema's effort had been pushed away by goalkeeper Yassine Bounou. "Again he is showing that he is the best".

The five-time Ballon d'Or victor notched his 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th goals of 2018, which is five more than any other player in Europe's top five leagues, and he wasted little time against the Catalans on Sunday.

"Today we are happy with the six goals scored, and the victory, but not with conceding three goals at set-pieces". Bale, who became world's most expensive player when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 scored both decisive goals in the Champions League and Cope del Rey finals.

Ronaldo has scored at least one goal in his last eight matches.

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