Cristiano Ronaldo Scores Treble As Real Madrid Puts Eight Goals Past Deportivo


Any doubts that Real Madrid's big-name stars will struggle to play together this season were seemingly blown away in a remarkable 8-2 thrashing of Deportivo la Coruna on Saturday.

World player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick, last year's marquee signing Gareth Bale netted twice and recently-arrived World Cup star James Rodriguez was also on the scoresheet in the Spanish top-flight match.

Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, a loan signing from Manchester United, grabbed the final two goals after coming on as a late substitute.

Carlo Ancelotti's team made an impressive start to its European Champions League title defense in midweek, beating Basel 5-1, but the club's early La Liga form has been patchy.

This victory, after a win and two defeats, left Madrid three points behind big rival Barcelona, which travels to bottom club Levante on Sunday seeking to maintain a 100% record.

City rival Atletico Madrid, which won the domestic title last season but lost to Real in the European final, hosts Celta Vigo later Saturday.