The form Real Madrid had at the beginning of the season? Maybe they’re back to it. Cristiano Ronaldo scores five goals in one match for the first time in his career, leading Los Blancos to a 9-1 victory over Granada.
With the win, Real Madrid are one point behind Barcelona, waiting for their Clasico rivals to slip up in an away match against Celta Vigo later today.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring in the 25th minute for Real Madrid, playing with vigor and speed that we’ve rarely seen from them in 2015, part of why they almost didn’t make it out of the Champions League round of 16.
Cristiano Ronaldo began his show in the 30th minute, scoring a hat trick within 8 minutes. He added two more goals in the 54th minute and capped things off in the 89th and 90th minutes, his hunger and greed for goals not letting him take it easy in a done game.
Karim Benzema scored twice to complete the nine goal celebration, which was probably made possible due to the fantastic return of James Rodriguez, playing 61 minutes after a long and damaging absence.