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La Liga News: 6 April 2015; Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Five in Granada Thrashing, Valencia Stumble Against Villarreal

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Cristiano Ronaldo scores five as Real hammer sorry Granada 9-1 in La Liga | Sky Sports Football
Cristiano Ronaldo scored an eight-minute hat-trick in a five-goal individual haul as Real Madrid thrashed Primera Division strugglers Granada 9-1 at the Bernabeu on Sunday. Gareth Bale went some way to silencing his critics with a 25th-minute opener after rounding the keeper before Ronaldo took centre stage and propelled Real to a 4-0 half-time lead with strikes in the 30th, 36th and 38th minutes.

Ronaldo resurrected as James and Modric switch on BBC -
It was appropriate that Cristiano was resurrected on Easter Sunday. Real Madrid needed a boost after falling four points behind Barcelona in the Clasico last month and, led by an insatiable Ronaldo, the Blancos gave their fans reasons to believe that winning La Liga may be possible after all.

Cristiano Ronaldo is not a great team-mate, Paulinho should leave Tottenham | Eurosport
The 30-year-old is one of the best two players of his generation, and his five goals against Granada will only strengthen that claim, but his childishly egotistical approach on the pitch may well have ruined his side’s chance of breaking La Liga’s record win of 12-1 as he chose to shoot instead of pass on several occasions. It’s increasingly clear that personal achievements now motivate him more than success as a team, as he celebrates with relish every time he scores but seems disinterested when others do, especially Gareth Bale. He’s a remarkable player but clearly not a great team-mate.

Cristiano Ronaldo hailed as a 'phenomenon' by Karim Benzema after five goals in Real Madrid's 9-1 win | Football News | Sky Sports
It was the first time in his career that Ronaldo has scored five goals in a single match and it saw him become only the third player to reach the 300-goal mark for Madrid, a tally achieved in only 287 appearances. France international Benzema told the official Real Madrid club website: "Cristiano is a phenomenon, he is always looking for goals and ways to help the team. He deserves everything he has achieved."

BS Detector: Did Cristiano Ronaldo really reach 300 goals for Real Madrid on Sunday? | Eurosport
Cristiano Ronaldo apparently joined the most exclusive of clubs thanks to his sensational five-goal performance against Granada on Sunday.As well as setting all number of new records – see the full run-down here – it seemingly took him onto a total of 300 for Real Madrid since joining the club in 2008.

Overreaction Theatre: Well done Ronaldo, you have reached Jermain Defoe levels | Eurosport
Cristiano Ronaldo stole a march on Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi by scoring five - including an eight-minute hat-trick - in an incredible 9-1 rout of Granada. One would usually expect social media to be in raptures but here in lies the beauty of the phenomena that is Twitter – it almost always throws up a surprise.

Breaking down the Danilo deal | Football Espana
Real Madrid announced last Wednesday that they had signed Porto right-back Danilo for €31.5m, with the Brazilian international set to link up with Los Blancos this summer. However, it has since been revealed that the final price the Spanish giants will have to pay for the player has shot up to €39.3m when various add-ons are considered. So where have the extra payments come from and who got the best of the deal?

Corrigan: What we learned in La Liga - ESPN FC
With an hour played on Sunday night at Celta Vigo, La Liga leaders Barcelona were rocking. The game was goalless and the home side had created the better chances. Enter Xavi Hernandez, who immediately helped his team get more of the ball and with 17 minutes remaining he delivered the free kick which Jeremy Mathieu headed in for the game's only goal.

Valencia frustrated at home | Sky Sports Football
Red-hot Valencia were frustrated in their bid to reclaim third spot back off Atletico Madrid as they were held to a goalless draw by local rivals Villarreal. Los Che, looking for a seventh win in eight matches, created the better of what few chances were on show at the Mestalla but could not find a way past visiting keeper Sergio Asenjo.

Getafe claim narrow 2-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna | Sky Sports Football
Alexis Ruano and Sergio Escudero both scored their first goals of the season to give Pablo Franco's side a two-goal lead at half-time, but the Galicians produced a much better performance after the break and had several chances to score before substitute Toche pulled a goal back in the 78th minute.

Man City's pursuit of Jose Gaya complicated by Chelsea and Real interest | Squawka News
Manchester City have been joined by Chelsea and Real Madrid in their pursuit of highly-regarded Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, reports the Daily Mirror. The 19-year-old Spaniard got his chance for first-team football at the Mestalla following Juan Bernat’s departure for Bayern Munich last summer, and he has seized it with both hands, catching the eyes of three of Europe’s biggest sides.

Porto agree Bueno deal | Football Espana
Portuguese giants Porto have reached an agreement to sign striker Alberto Bueno for next season, according to O Jogo. Bueno, 27, is the top Spanish goalscorer in La Liga this term, having plundered 16 goals so far, and is fifth in the overall fight for the prestigious Pichichi award.

Official: Almeria appoint Barjuan | Football Espana
Almeria have confirmed that Sergi Barjuan is to replace the axed Juan Ignacio Martinez at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterraneos. Barjuan, 43, will take charge of the Andalusians for the first time this Wednesday when they travel to face Barcelona, where he spent most of his career before moving on to Atletico Madrid.

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