Ronaldo Warning To Manchester United. Ronaldo fired a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Sevilla, and had a hand in the additional goal, previous to being taken off with about half an hour to play as the sounds of “Ronaldo, Ronaldo” resonated just about the ground. It was a touching instant for the player, who has not for all time had the adjoining relationship with the Madridistas despite his extraordinary scoring record. He took his tally to 24 in La Liga this season — behind only Lionel Messi’s 34 — and 36 in all competitions as he fired his 20th treble since joining Real from United for a world-record $130 million fee in 2009.
Ronaldo’s low cross gave Karim Benzema the easiest of his 50 La Liga goals as the ball rebounded kindly off Sevilla’s Fernando Navarro, then he fired in an excellent left-foot effort from outside the box in the 26th minute to make it 2-0. Just 36 seconds after the halftime break, Ronaldo was at it again as he swooped on a fault to score his 11th goal in nine games next to Sevilla in all competitions. The 12th was value the price of admission as he lead a counter attack from his own penalty area, and opening home a revisit pass from Gonzalo Higuain. The Argentine onward departed soon after Ronaldo did — but it left Real a player short after he established a second yellow card.
Midtable Sevilla also dropped to 10 men in the 80th minute as Dutch defender Hedwiges Maduro also picked up a second booking, but Manu Del Moral still directed a late consolation goal. The result left Real four points after second-placed city rivals Atletico and 13 adrift of Barcelona, who both play on Sunday. In the meantime, Malaga stayed fourth with a 2-1 win at Levante thanks to two goals from 20-year-old midfield star Isco, while Valencia moved up to fifth with a 1-0 win at Celta Vigo as Paraguay striker Nelson Valdez netted three minutes into time added on.