“It’s good of course, I won’t lie, I feel so proud and happy but this is not my goal – my goal is to be good all season and help the team win, which is the most important, and to win collective trophies”.
The beginning of the second half carried on in the same vein but with just five minutes after the break Taras Stepanenko received his second yellow card and was sent walking.
It is not known how long he will be out for, but he is likely to miss Real’s Liga match with Granada at the Bernabeu on Saturday.
Benzema finally broke the deadlock when goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov couldn’t hang on to a weak centering cross inside the area, giving the striker an easy shot into the open net.
Yet, they contained Madrid reasonably well before the floodgates opened after Stepanenko’s dismissal.
Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema celebrates his opening goal against Shakhtar Donetsk during their 4-0 victory on Tuesday night in the Champions League.
Ronaldo and Messi were both on 77 goals before this round of fixtures, a record the Argentine was first to reach.
And ahead of Real’s first Champions League game of the season, at home to Shakhtar Donetsk, Benitez addressed the media and discussed his superstar winger. “It was a hard match to play“.
“They have fast and skillful players”.
The rou, t and Ronaldo’s hat-trick, was completed in the 81 minute when the former Manchester United player rose highest at a corner to head home his 80 Champions League goal. The Argentine playmaker had a chance to match Ronaldo when Barcelona played Roma in Italy late Wednesday.
It was not all good news for Madrid, which lost forward Gareth Bale in the 28th with an apparent muscle injury. Real Madrid’s captain suffered a knock at his collarbone that made him leave the field a few minutes later to be substituted by Nacho. Sergio [Ramos] and [Raphaël] Varane also have problems but I’m more optimistic about them.
“Gareth is the only one I am a little bit more negative about in terms of the time so we have to wait, see the doctor and see what happens”.
Bale was criticised in a trophyless second season at the club after making a record £85m move to Real in 2013.