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PHOTOS: Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates record-equalling La Liga hat-trick

Former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo scored three goals for Real Madrid as they hammered Athletic Bilbao 5-0 at home in La Liga on Sunday.

Real Madrid continued their great run of form on Sunday when they eased past Athletic Bilbao 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Los Blancos headed into the La Liga clash on the back of a 2-1 victory over Ludogorets Razgrad away from home in the Champions League.

It was not the most of convincing of performances from Carlo Ancelotti’s side in midweek, but they stepped up their game against Bilbao.

Cristiano Ronaldo was back to his best as he scored yet another hat-trick, while France international striker Karim Benzema added a brace.

It was the former Manchester United star’s record-equalling 22nd hat-trick in La Liga and helped Madrid close the gap on league leaders Barcelona to just four points.

After the match, Madrid coach Ancelotti backed Ronaldo to win the FIFA Ballon d’Or yet again, stating: ‘There’s little doubt this year, I think. I don’t think there are any bets because I don’t think there’s any doubt this year’.

Below are the best pictures from Sunday’s match between Madrid and Bilbao:

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