Real Madrid 7 - Deportivo 1: Cristiano Ronaldo injured in La Liga romp

Bale was the main man for the hosts, scoring the goal that put his side ahead following Nacho's equaliser.

Luka Modric made sure of victory with a sweet 68th-minute strike before Ronaldo helped himself to a double and Nacho completed his own brace two minutes from time.

The Portugal worldwide left the field with blood streaming down his face after being caught by defender Fabian Schar as he dived to head home Real's sixth goal at the Bernabeu Stadium.

Real, though, have struggled this season and are down in fourth in La Liga following Saturday's shock 1-0 defeat at home to Villarreal.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keeping a close eye on the situation and may take Ceballos off Real Madrid's hands, with the youngster potentially available for only £25 million.

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But Ronaldo rounded off an impressive display from Real at the Bernabeu today that eased pressure on manager Zinedine Zidane. It only lasted 15 minutes or so, with Bale subbed off after Benzema had been brought on, but the spark was there for those 15 minutes.

Before Sunday afternoon, Ronaldo had just four La Liga goals to his name while Real Madrid were without a win in 2018.

The home side led 2-1 at halftime after the early scare as they look to turn their season around. Stranger things have happened.

It has been a terrible season for Real Madrid and Ronaldo by their high standards. This was a performance which underlined his quality.

Real tried to sign Neymar when he was at Santos but were pipped to his signature by Barca and last month the club's president Florentino Perez made a thinly veiled appeal to the Brazilian to join the 12-times European champions.

  • Lawrence Cooper