The forward is obviously still carving up La Liga, as his five goals at the weekend demonstrated, but the club – or more accurately, the president – has already anointed his spiritual successor in Gareth Bale. Karim Benzema had a goal for Madrid as well.
“We will have to wait a few days to see how these injuries progress”, Benitez said. It was clear he was getting upset after every miss, although he denied the scoring drought was ever a concern.
Following his treble in the Champions League, Ronaldo is now the leading all-time scorer in the competition.
Messi will have the chance to gain ground on Ronaldo in the scoring charts when Barcelona face Roma on Wednesday evening.
Following the hat-trick, Ronaldo told UEFA.com, “I’m not going to lie – obviously, I’m very happy with the goals and the records”. So I hope my goals will help the team to win.
His teammates have been the ones praising him recently. We have to highlight the work of the team.
Bale’s injury would be a bigger worry for the Welsh football team, as the team have been reliant on the player throughout the qualifying stages.
Rafael Benítez said he knows Cristiano Ronaldo’s “level and value” after yet another hat-trick saw off Shakhtar Donetsk, leaving Mircea Lucescu ruing one costly mistake.
Benitez came in for criticism during pre-season when he refused to say the reigning Ballon d’Or holder was now the best player in the world just weeks after he took over at the Bernabeu.
Finally, two first half goals from Antoine Griezmann gave Atletico Madrid a 2-0 victory away to Galatasaray. But the defense has been just as great.
However, the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss was also keen to stress the importance of keeping their fourth consecutive clean sheet against a talented Shakhtar side.
“This is only the beginning”, Ronaldo said.
“We are consistent in defence, we did a good job”.
The Welsh winger limped off injured during the first half of Madrid’s 4-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday night and went straight down the tunnel.