The current world player of the year scored the opener against Villarreal on Wednesday night to help Real Madrid clinch all the three points from what was a thrilling encounter. There was also a goal celebration for AC Milanâ€™s former Brazilian superstar, Ricardo Kaka.
How it happened:
It was a stunning performance from Manchester Unitedâ€™s former number 7. For the second time in three days, Cristiano Ronaldo scored with less than three minutes gone down the clock. He dribbled past defenders throughout the midfield area before firing a shot from the edge of the penalty box. Suddenly, Real Madrid found themselves on the train track whereas Villarrealâ€™s crowd were left in shock.
El Madrigalâ€™s stadium is always a difficult place to play but on Wednesday evening, Cristiano Ronaldo made things look entertaining rather than frustrating.
The fleet-footed winger showed a lot of his tricks and pace on the ball kept astonishing Villarrealâ€™s defense. Gonzalo Rodriguez was left helpless in his job of containing the mega star. The defender â€“ who fouled Ronaldo twice and Kaka as well â€“ finally saw red for two bookable offenses.
At the break, the score remained 1-0 to Real Madrid and Villarreal were lucky that Los Blancos couldnâ€™t find the perfect finish at times. Credits should also have gone to Diego Lopez who made two impressive saves to prevent Higuain and Ronaldo widening the score line.
In the second period, Kakaâ€™s glorious moment arrived when Angel appeared to have handled the ball from Marcelo’s cross in the box. The Brazilian midfielder, who had gone under some early criticism from the Spanish media for failing to score since his arrival at the Bernabeu, converted the penalty perfectly.
At this point, 10-man Villarreal couldnâ€™t do anything to revive their wounded spirits. Real Madrid had completely sealed their well deserved victory to make it four wins out of four matches in La Liga.
After the encounter, man of the match Cristiano Ronaldo described his sincere joy.
“I’m very happy with the win and also because I am scoring goals,â€ Ronaldo gladly declared.
“Villarreal is a tough team at home, but we did it. They had a lot of the ball, but we scored first and in the second half.
â€œWhen Kaka scored, we were a lot more calm.”
Wednesdayâ€™s 2-0 victory at the El Madrigal stadium put Real Madrid level with Barcelona at the top of La Ligaâ€™s table. Manuel Pellegriniâ€™s side shares a 100% win record like the Catalans. They have the maximum twelve points and a +11 goal difference just like Barcelona.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo remains on course to win this seasonâ€™s top scorer award. Out of the seven goals that he has scored in all competitions for Real Madrid, five come in the Spanish Primera Liga. Cristiano Ronaldo is equal with Barcelonaâ€™s Lionel Messi who scored a double against Racing Santander on Tuesday.