Cristiano Ronaldo's third
hat-trick and Real Madrid's fifth in their first eight La Liga
matches is getting tiresome for team-mates who have to sign the
ball the treble scorer takes home.
Ronaldo struck three times in 14 first-half minutes as
Madrid crushed Malaga 4-0 away on Saturday, adding to the
three-goal hauls he collected against Real Zaragoza and Rayo
Real's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain also bagged
hat-tricks in the wins over Espanyol and Real Betis to take his
total to nine in the league.
"It's good they keep changing, one day one, the next day the
other," Real defender Alvaro Arbeloa joked with reporters. "I'm
tired of signing balls, we don't have enough pens."
Real tore Malaga apart in the first half, Higuain opening
the scoring in the 11th minute and coach Jose Mourinho praised
his side for their performance in their sixth straight win in
"I liked every aspect of our game, we have scored goals with
a variety of moves," the Portuguese told reporters.
"We knew it wouldn't be possible to match it in the second
half. The concentration levels dropped, their pride kicked in,
and it could have ended up 4-2 or 5-2.
"You can't compare the two halves... but what we did in the
first part was fantastic."
It was a harsh reminder for Malaga that they still had a
long way to go to match Real Madrid on the field, after having
equalled their spending in the closed season on nine new
Malaga were bought by a member of the Qatari royal family,
Sheikh Abdullah al Thani, last year and have stated their aim is
to get into Europe.
"There is still a long way to go and perhaps at present we
can't compete," Malaga General Manager Fernando Hierro told
"We need time. The sheikh is happy with his team, with the
project and the city... we have a lot of confidence invested in
Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho will part company at the end of the current season
Manchester City midfielder called up to the England squad for summer friendlies
Spurs miss out on Champions League again despite highest Premier League points tally
Champions closer to matching Real Madrid's La Liga record of 100 points with 2-1 win
Ten years on, the legends speak to FFT
Your questions answered by an A to Z of legends
He's here, he's there, he's...
The cost of Premier League away travel
Nike CR7 IX for you
FourFourTwo is brought to you by Haymarket Consumer Media & FourFourTwo is part of Haymarket Sport
| International Licensing | © Haymarket Media Group 2010