“On Wednesday night, he proved just as important to Real Madrid as his rival Lionel Messi is to Barcelona, by single-handedly demolishing Mallorca 4-1 to ensure that the Blaugrana will have to win La Liga rather than have it handed to them on a plate. In short, he is worth every single cent of his world record â‚¬94 million transfer fee… Ronaldo was there. 32 goals in 31 starts highlights how often he has been there, and for all of president Florentino Perezâ€™s cheque-book waving and big-name luring, Cristiano has been the only signing who has truly been worthy of the hype. When you cast your gaze over to Catalunya and analyse what Barcelona have had in return from a lacklustre Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ronaldoâ€™s acquisition appears all the more shrewd.” – Paul Macdonald.
“Mallorca dominated Madrid and took the lead but all they had done was awaken the man Marca calls a “beast” this morning and has been trying to beatify all season, the deity they’re less keen to admit was not signed by “Superior Being” Florentino PÃ©rez but RamÃ³n CalderÃ³n. If Madrid did virtually nothing, Cristiano Ronaldo did virtually everything, scoring a hat-trick, producing what he described as ‘possibly the best performance of my career’ and leading Madrid to a sixth comeback in 10 games.” – Sid Lowe.
Match highlights of Cristiano Ronaldo’s spellbinding performance against Mallorca can be seen here.