La Liga: Real Madrid will play for title win, says Cristiano Ronaldo

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Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against  Celta Vigo during a Spanish League match on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Celta Vigo during a Spanish League match on Wednesday. Pic/AFP

Real Madrid moved to within one point of winning La Liga as Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice to beat Celta Vigo 4-1 on Wednesday.

The European champions lead Barcelona by three points at the top of the table and now need to just avoid defeat at Malaga on Sunday to secure their first league title in five years.

“We will go there to win the game,” insisted Ronaldo.

“Winning is always the goal for this team and it’s what we do. Malaga are a good team, but we are Real Madrid, we are the best and we want to be champions.”

Once again Ronaldo made the difference as he took his tally to 13 goals in his last eight games with early strikes in each half. Iago Aspas was then controversially sent-off when he saw a second yellow card for diving, but Celta halved the arrears through John Guidetti’s deflected effort.

However, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos rounded off the scoring to keep Madrid on course for a La Liga and Champions League double.

History maker
Ronaldo made yet more history by reaching 368 goals for clubs in the top-five leagues – combining his efforts at Manchester United and Real – leapfrogging English great Jimmy Greaves in the charts.

The Portuguese said of his achievement: “I’ve had a very good season this year. The coach (Zinedine Zidane) and my teammates have really helped me. We have a very good system, blending young players with experienced ones. Personally, I’m helping the team with my goals and I’m very happy about that.”

Isco demands final push
Meanwhile, Isco demanded “one last push” at Malaga.

“We’ve just won another cup final and now we need one last push at La Rosaleda, which will not be easy. We are highly motivated and, although we only need a point, we will go there to win, as always.

“Going back to my hometown is always special for me, and on this occasion we could win the league there, which has never happened before,” Isco added.

Holders Barcelona can still win the title, of course, if they beat Eibar and Real lose on Sunday.

368 No. of goals scored by Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo in Europe’s top-five leagues

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