Real Madrid 6-3 Girona: 5 Talking Points

The Portuguese star now sits just three goals behind Lionel Messi on La Liga's top scorer's chart - a feat made even more remarkable by the fact that the early part of his season was marred by a five-match suspension for pushing a referee and a poor run of form. For example, if there is a penalty, he takes it with maximum concentration. "Right now he is helping the team a lot and we can all see the effect he is having on us".

Juanpe then cut the deficit from an 88th-minute free-kick with the scoring rounded off in injury time by yet again Ronaldo whose strike brought his tally for the night to four in a goal-fest at the Bernabéu.

"We have recovered some confidence, and in the last four or five home games we have scored four, five, six goals". Zinedine Zidane's men took their foot off the gas to allow Stuani to score his second (67) but substitute Gareth Bale (86) restored the three-goal cushion. They are now just four points shy of the second-placed Atletico Madrid.

"And then there is Cristiano".

Cristiano's lawyers are understood to have offered the Agencia Estatal de Administración Tributaria (AEAT) 3.8m euros, plus an admission of wrongdoing, in exchange for dropping criminal proceedings against the player.

"We have to improve things (defensively). I'm not happy with the three goals conceded and that has to be improved, we have to work on it", added Zidane.

They're spread across competitions too: from seven in the Champions League, to one in a crucial World Cup qualifying play-off, to many more in La Liga.

Madrid have a trip to Las Palmas to look forward to after the global break on March 31 before they face Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final. The two legs will be played out on 3&11 April.

  • Stacy Allen