Cristiano Ronaldo hits first ideal hat-trick of LaLiga season

Cristiano Ronaldo hits first ideal hat-trick of LaLiga season

Cristiano Ronaldo hits first ideal hat-trick of LaLiga season

"I respect the player but also the person, he is a natural leader in the locker room and on the pitch", he said.

PSG have a big point to prove after being humiliated 6-1 by Barcelona in the second leg at the same stage a year ago - with Neymar PSG's chief tormentor that night.

The Portuguese netted a hat-trick to help Los Blancos to a win over Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday and is already the top scorer in the Champions League this season on nine, while PSG star Neymar has six in the continental competition. The right-back and defensive midfielder should also return against the Ligue 1 powerhouse.

"He always has that mindset. He lives and breathes goals".

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"He could have scored one or two more, and it augurs well for Wednesday".

Madrid are now fourth in La Liga, 19 points behind Barcelona, but the 41-year-old feels the club could perhaps win a third straight Champions League despite their struggles this campaign.

However, the situation encountered a major U-turn in the second half of the season after Isco took advantage of injury to Gareth Bale to establish himself as a regular starter for Zidane during the run-in, helping Real to win both La Liga and the Champions League. Though the Ligue 1 club are in better form domestically, 11 points clear of second-placed Marseille, Ronaldo believes that it is still too close of a game to call.

Without their leading scorer Willian Jose due to injury, and with a terrible past record at the Bernabeu, the visitors quickly crumbled.

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Toni Kroos curled home the third from outside the area and Ronaldo headed home Luka Modric's corner for the fourth in the 37th minute.

If they can't keep out Sociedad, or at least deliver a much-improved performance, then what hope do they have against Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe? Jon Bautista pulled a goal back for the visitors after the break, before Ronaldo completed his hat-trick.

Real Madrid scored five time on Saturday night in La Liga.

The French striker fired home his eighth league goal of the campaign from inside the box after a Saul Niguez shot was deflected into his path. "No matter what happens, we know that we can turn things around and I want the fans to be beside us and I know they will be", the 45-year old said.

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