"We have scored many goals in four or five games at the Bernabeu, which we didn't do at the start of the season".
After opening the scoring in the 11th minute then adding Real's second in the 47th, Ronaldo completed his treble shortly after the hour-mark when he was Johnny-on-the-spot to tap home Karim Benzema's rebound... Once again this season, he's proving that he's the world's best.
The Portugal star continued his remarkable scoring streak, turning in another awesome performance as Real Madrid took care of the visiting Gerona 6-3.
This latest news is now expected to put Neymar in a confused status of mind as Brazilian legend Ronaldo Delima last week advised him to join Real Madrid. "He's now helping the team and that's really positive for us".
The 28-year-old and Lucas Vazquez were the only Real players to get on the scoresheet besides Cristiano on Sunday, and one commentator made a stark comparison between the pair.
"We're not surprised by what Cristiano does, he scores goals every single day".
"Cristiano is three goals from Messi and I hope he can become the top scorer because it's very important to him", Real coach Zinedine Zidane said.
It was the fourth straight win in all competitions for Madrid, which regained third place from Valencia. They are now just four points shy of the second-placed Atletico Madrid.
After a stuttering first half of the 2017-18 campaign in which he scored just four times in La Liga, Ronaldo has now been on target in each of his last eight games domestically and in Europe, netting 17 times across that span. The two legs will be played out on 3&11 April.