Cristiano Ronaldo was the man of the hour yet again for Real Madrid on Tuesday evening after his sixth European hat-trick secured passage to the Champions League semi-finals and as a reward, the dressing room gave the superstar a standing ovation.
Clutching the match ball, the Portuguese forward was applauded and embraced by all of his teammates, including the injured Gareth Bale, as reported by Marca.
Even Zinedine Zidane was on hand to show his main man some appreciation as Ronaldo yet again bailed the Frenchman out of a tough situation – two of his three goals came in extra time.
Cristiano Ronaldo in the dressing room after his hat-trick against Bayern.
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After their 4-2 victory at the Bernabeu, Los Blancos are bidding to become the first team to retain the Champions League since the competition’s inception.
City rivals Atletico, Monaco and Juventus, who eliminated Barcelona on Wednesday, are the trio left standing in their way of history.
The match in the Spanish capital against Carlo Ancelotti’s German giants was a hugely entertaining affair, but sadly, the fixture will go down in history as one of the most controversial.
Two of Ronaldo’s goals were discovered to be offside while Bayern midfielder Arturo Vidal received a second yellow card for a perfectly clean tackle on Marco Asensio, a refereeing mistake that steered the narrative in favour of the hosts.
Real are the favourites to claim their third Champions League crown in four years but will not find it easy against the tough opposition left in the competition.
However, in Ronaldo, they always have a match winner, someone who defies the odds and on Sunday, in the final El Clasico of the season, Los Blancos will be eager for him to repeat his midweek heroics.
With progression into the Champions League semi-final secured Real Madrid now turn their attention to Sunday’s Clasico with Barcelona.
It is no secret that reclaiming the Spanish title has been something of an obsession for those in charge at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this term with the club having lifted the trophy just once since 2010.
Victory against Barcelona on Sunday would give Los Blancos a sizable advantage in the title race with it extremely unlikely Los Cules would be able to overturn a six-point deficit with Zinedine Zidane’s charges also having a game in hand.