Real Madrid star tells teammate he is moving to Chelsea

  • Real Madrid star tells teammate he is moving to Chelsea

Real Madrid star tells teammate he is moving to Chelsea

Benzema set up Ronaldo's opening goal and later the Portuguese allowed the Frenchman to take a penalty.

Madrid, in third place, trails Barcelona by 11 points before the league leader hosts Girona later.

Ronaldo has been having no such problems in front of goal, though, and the five-time Ballon d'Or victor wrapped up the points just after the hour mark.

Having heard his team-mate jeered earlier in the contest, the Portugal worldwide then selflessly let Benzema convert an 89th-minute penalty after Victor Laguardia brought down a marauding Bale.

Ronaldo took his 2018 goal tally to 12 with a brace either side of a cool finish from Bale, whose long-term future at Madrid has been the subject of speculation this week.

Over the last five seasons, Bale has scored 77 goals in 174 total appearances, cultivating a decorated trophy cabinet in the process - winning one La Liga title, three Champions League trophies as well as one Spanish Supercup.

Bale failed to punish a poor clearance from Navas' opposite number Fernando Pacheco at the other end, but Madrid led in the 44th minute.

Much of the pre-match focus was on Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo all being named in the starting XI but Zidane set his team up nominally in a 4-4-2 formation, with the Wales global and Lucas Vazquez impressing on the flanks.

Ronaldo, who made it 12 goals in his last seven games with his two goals, handed over the chance of his hat-trick from the penalty spot as Benzema swept in his fourth league goal of the season to complete a flawless afternoon for Zidane.

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When asked if this meant that the trio of Ronaldo-Bale-Benzema was back to playing at its best, Zidane replied that it had never been missing.

"But at the moment we have more of the consistency that we want in our play, our focus".

A lot is said about the characters of players, especially when they are popular and can be divisive figures. "They have played a good match, as did Lucas (Vazquez)".

Iago Aspas and Maxi Gomez continued their strong scoring runs to give Celta Vigo a 2-0 victory at home over Eibar.