On Tuesday, Ronaldo became the first player in history to surpass 50 goals in the knockout stages of the Champions League, which includes 13 goals in the final four stage (10 for Madrid, 3 for United).
Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational goal scoring record was hailed as "unique" by boss Zinedine Zidane as his latest hat-trick left Real Madrid on the verge of another Champions League final by thrashing Atletico Madrid 3-0.
Ronaldo's hat-trick on Tuesday night brought his tally to 33 goals in all competitions this season.
Zidane continued: "I am happy with what I am doing here and with the players, we played a great game".
Zidane's policy of rotating Ronaldo seems to have paid dividends with Ronaldo netting eight times in his last three Champions League games and overtaking Alfredo di Stefano as the all-time top scorer in European Cup semi-finals with 13.
Koke had a half-chance for Atletico in the 60th minute after finding space outside the Real Madrid box, but the Spaniard's low effort was always moving wide of the post during a good spell for the away side. "The team has been tremendous", he said.
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"It's great to have a player like Ronaldo", Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos said. We also managed to achieve our target of winning and keeping a clean sheet here at home.
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This semi-final matchup presented Atletico with an opportunity to defeat Real at a different stage of the competition and meet a different opponent in the final.
Atletico beat Real 4-0 at Vicente Calderon in a LaLiga match during February 2015, a result which if repeated next week would see them progress against the odds. "I feel relaxed, more than anything else, more than ever".
"Being Atletico Madrid we might just be capable of it".
The Real Madrid forward has been pacing himself, skipping games that he would have normally played in previous years, and is peaking at just the right time. "We'll have to be focused for next Wednesday's game".
And Simeone is clinging to the hope of something similarly unexpected.
"Football is a marvellous game and anything can happen".
"We're content, very happy and we can enjoy it, but we still have a long way to go in the Champions League and LaLiga".
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