The stars were out once again for Real Madrid in their seven goal rout of Celta de Vigo, however it was Cristiano Ronaldo that took center stage. The Dark Invader turned back the clocks and scored four flawless goals backing up his questionable comments last weekend. A this point, Los Blancos' title chances are gone but for what it's worth, Cristiano delivered against Celta de Vigo, a team in the top half who had an outsiders shot at the Champions League.
Real Madrid entered halftime with just a one goal lead thanks to Pepe who headed home Isco's cross from the corner. But out of halftime, Cristiano looked determined to add his name to the scoresheet. He floated in the middle of the pitch and stepped up to receive a pass from Sergio Ramos at the back. Nearly 40 yards out from goal, Celta de Vigo's back line dropped off Cristiano, more or less asking for him to strike it from distance. All he needed was three steps before whipping a knuckleball into the back of the net.
Cristiano's first goal was sublime and worthy of praise but for those fans of set pieces, his second was out of this world. This time, the Portuguese stood over a dead ball approximately 25 yards out from goal. He faced a wall of six while every other Celta player positioned themselves somewhere in their 18-yard box. There was never any intentions for anything other than a shot but Cristiano still left Blanco motionless between the sticks.
After taking a few steps back and a breath of fresh air, Cristiano tip-toed towards the ball and cracked it over the hopeless wall. His shot rose and dipped at the opportune time and pierced the net before Blanco could make his move. Vintage Cristiano to say the least.
At this point it was obvious Cristiano was on his game; two back-to-back goals to flatten Celta's hopes and silence his own supporters' criticism. Although, the Dark Invader's third goal is more about Real Madrid's precise connection rather than a stroke of genius.
Casemiro stepped up and won the ball in the attacking third and immediately found Vasquez who looked like he could've been in on goal.
Instead, the Spaniard carried the ball across the 18 and slipped it through to Isco who placed a pass back in front of the goalmouth. Celta's goalkeeper went to ground and Cristiano tapped it home securing his hat-trick and renewing Real Madrid's three goal lead.
At this point, the game is done and dusted but it didn't stop Cristiano from adding to his season goal tally. Again, Real Madrid earned a corner and the cross swung into the danger area. Cristiano rose above not only his teammate Gareth Bale but also Guidetti to connect with the cross and head home his fourth goal of the afternoon.
Again, the power behind the header left Blanco frozen in time as Cristiano notched yet another, surpassing Telmo Zarra as the second top scorer in La Liga's history.