With his hat-trick on Saturday night, Cristiano Ronaldo took home another ball for his collection – with the difference that this one is in gold, the one he deserves after the best year of his football career.
He is a new ‘CR7’. Or perhaps it’s better to say a new ‘CR9.’
With Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata injured, he played as a centre-forward, and with the team all exposed in attack, he scored three goals with three touches.
He also seemed grateful for Isco’s performance too, playing in his natural role just behind the No.7.
Zinedine Zidane found the perfect balance between the two, which helped to seal the victory and Ronaldo has to win another Ballon d’Or after his performance at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
It will be the fourth that he takes away from Lionel Messi.
Players like him are counted on the fingers of one hand.