Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo opened his account for the season in spectacular fashion with five goals as Real Madrid thrashed Espanyol 6-0 on Saturday.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal. Pics/Getty Images
The Portuguese dispelled any doubts over his form by slotting home the opener from Luka Modric's wonderful pass before doubling his tally from the penalty spot after Gareth Bale had been felled inside the area.
Bale crossed for Ronaldo to complete his 32nd hat-trick for Madrid before the World Player of the Year turned provider himself for Karim Benzema to tap home a fourth before half-time. Ronaldo then rounded off the scoring with two more smart finishes after the break.