Ronaldo’s hat trick gives Real Madrid 3-0 win over Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid - La Liga - Vicente Calderon, Madrid, Spain - 19/11/16 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat trick. Reuters / Sergio Perez Livepic.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring their third goal to complete his hat trick. Reuters / Sergio Perez Livepic.

On Saturday, Cristiano Ronaldo silenced his critics yet again, as the 31-year-old Portuguese superstar netted a hat trick to lead Real Madrid to a 3-0 victory over rival Atletico Madrid and give Real a clear line of sight to its first La Liga title in half a decade.

Ronaldo’s performance, however, meant far more than the three goals and the three points that put Real Madrid in the driver’s seat for the La Liga crown.

Following a salary bump and a hefty contract extension worth a reported $187 million that keeps the forward at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2021, questions have come up over how Ronaldo will fit into the squad going forward considering his decreasing ability to take players one-on-one.

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