Zinedine Zidane saw Cristiano Ronaldo as “unique”, and Toni Kroos has called it “incredible” after the striker scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 defeat by club atlético de Madrid to carry real on the verge of a third Champions League final in four years.
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Ronaldo scored eight goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the competition this year and is entering the final weeks of the season in the best shape of the campaign. In previous years he struggled physically at this stage but Zidane is committed to protecting it through rotation and rest.
The results were impressive, although the real Madrid Manager refused to take the credit. “He knows that sometimes he has to play,” said Zidane. “It’s not just this year; it is the accumulation over many years. He knows himself because he’s smart.”
Ronaldo gave real an early lead with the head and secured to the first leg advantage to two goals – a Thunderous blow and easy the outside of my foot – in the last 17 minutes. “The teams were huge,” he said. “I eventually scored, but the whole team played well from start to finish. To arrive the goal of course is normal.
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“I am happy that he scored his 400th goal for real Madrid,” Ronaldo added, although the official statistics have it at 399.