Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace as they defeated Sevilla to remain on course for a double this term. Madrid defeated their La Liga rivals 4-1.
Nacho Fernandez and Ronaldo scored a goal each to go 2-0 before the break. Immediately after resumption Sevilla star Stevan Jovetic pulled one back. Jovetic was constantly attacking in the first half, hitting the frame work twice. Ronaldo finished their opponents at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu when he scored the third for the league leaders. Toni Kroos completed the roué with a good strike.
Barcelona defeated Las Palmas 4-1 to remain in contention for the title. Madrid now have to remain focused for the final clash in order to land their first La Liga title in five years. They have Celta Vigo on Wednesday and Malaga next week to seal the title. No matter the result at Eibar, Barcelona would not be able to steal it. Only if they do what is required.
Madrid defences showed lapses that Juventus could take advantage of when they meet in Cardiff. The pairing of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane was shaky. They struggled to hold off their opponents. Varane is yet to hit top form after his injury. Ramos is untouchable so Pepe, who is set to return, would pair his captain in the Champions League final.
Zinedine Zidane would be happy with the growing Team B side. Nacho was incredible in the match. Though James Rodriguez might exit this summer but it is exciting that there are players like Lucas Vasquez, Marco Asensio, and Alvaro Morata, aside Nacho – Players that could easily deputize and rise to the occasion when the opportunity calls.
Elsewhere, there are reports that Ronaldo has sanctioned the exit of Karim Benzema. Spanish outlets claim Ronaldo said he was willing to play as the lone striker.
There are reports Arsenal might turn to the French striker this season. Madrid could ask for £50 million for the aging striker. The reports say instead of getting another striker, Ronaldo would now lead the pack.