Bring on Fergie and United! Ronaldo warms-up for Euro clash with 33 minute hat-trick for Real
22:39 GMT, 9 February 2013
01:19 GMT, 10 February 2013
Cristiano Ronaldo fired an ominous
warning to former club Manchester United with a hat-trick as Real Madrid
warmed up for their Champions League showdown against the Red Devils
with a 4-1 Primera Division win over Sevilla at the Bernabeu.
Matches against Sevilla have proved
rich pickings for Ronaldo and it was no different tonight as he followed
up Karim Benzema's 18th-minute opener with goals in the 26th, 46th and
59th minutes as Madrid sauntered to victory .
Special one: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo (C) is congratulated by team mates Fabio Coentrao and Raul Albiol after scoring a goal against Sevilla
Cool finish: Ronaldo scores his goal under pressure of Sevilla's Federico Fazio
That took his tally of hat-tricks for the Spanish giants to an incredible 20 before he was replaced in the 63rd minute as Jose Mourinho opted to wrap his trump card in cotton wool ahead of Wednesday's visit of United in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 clash.
Granada, who stunned Mourinho's men last weekend with a 1-0 win courtesy of a Ronaldo own goal, continued where they left off against the champions this evening as they trounced Deportivo La Coruna 3-0 at the Riazor.
Carlos Marchena's own goal on the stroke of half-time set the visitors on their way and Ighalo's strike six minutes after the restart doubled their advantage.
Depor then missed a number of chances to get themselves back into the game and their night was summed up when they conceded a dubious penalty – converted by Guilherme Siqueira – in the last minute and saw Manuel Pablo sent off.
'For Madrid every game is special, but on Wednesday we have to be ready to meet the challenge,' said Madrid defender Pepe, who went on late for his first action since surgery on his right ankle in early January.
'Cristiano is playing well. He is working hard and we need him to keep it up.'
Three and easy: Ronaldo completes his hat-trick
Up and running: Ronaldo claimed his 21st hat-trick
Danger man: Ronaldo with a trademark free kick