The Portuguese continued his return to form with a devastating display as Zinedine Zidane’s men ended their derby hoodoo and opened up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga
Real Madrid secured an impressive 3-0 derby win over Atletico Madrid on Sunday night courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick.
Los Blancos had not defeated their neighbours in six games but the Portuguese’s devastating display in front of goal saw the La Liga leaders to a comprehensive win at Vicente Calderon.
Ronaldo grabbed his first from a deflected free-kick before adding his second via the penalty spot, with Gareth Bale setting up his third with a perfect cross after a lightning counter-attack.
The result sees Zinedine Zidane’s men open up a four-point lead at the top of La Liga over Barcelona, who could only draw 0-0 with Malaga earlier on Saturday.
Atletico started with Antoine Griezmann in attack, despite concerns over a foot injury, but the France star was barely involved as Diego Simeone’s side slumped to a damaging defeat in the final LaLiga meeting with their city rivals at the Calderon.