Ronaldo hits four goals as Madrid beat Girona 6-3

While at his rival's training base, Messi may even bump into Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane, who reportedly will be training the few players that remain in the Real Madrid squad, with the rest of the team on global duty. "We have to keep doing what we have been doing, keep trying to win as many points as possible".

The Portuguese superstar, after a hard start to the campaign, has rekindled his form, firing 16 goals in his last eight outings in all competitions.

The hosts looked a constant threat early on and Philippe Coutinho was denied a second when he rattled the woodwork, while Ousmane Dembele should have done much better with just Kepa Arrizabalaga to beat.

Messi training for Argentina this week. Cristhian Stuani leads Girona with 15 goals this season and has scored in the last two games. "We're not going to tempt fate".

On a personal front, Ronaldo scored in excess of 50 goals in six straight seasons between 2010 and 2016, including a remarkable tally of 61 in the 2014/15 campaign.

French legend Zidane has always seemed to be a fan of Messi, and even at one point reportedly angered Ronaldo after an El Classico loss by saying, "Messi makes the difference in his team". When Cristiano is fine, the team is fine.

Ronaldo restored Madrid's lead on 47th minute when he made it 2-1 from a clever pass from Karim Benzema.

United - and perhaps England - have not seen a player like him since, yet he hadn't scored a hat-trick in professional football until the start of 2008 and that game against Newcastle, which started with his changing his bright orange boots after 18 minutes.

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo believes "no one will be compared" to him because there are not many who can rival his "talent" or "dedication", Goal reports.

Barca remain unbeaten in La Liga with nine games of the season remaining, although second-placed Atletico can reduce the gap at the top when they visit Villarreal later on Sunday.

Enes Unal's first goal came in the 82nd minute as the Turk headed home following a corner and he then netted the victor in injury time.

Sevilla lost 2-1 to Leganes, putting at risk its chances of securing a Europa League spot.

  • Stacy Allen