Real Madrid are just two more wins from becoming the first and only European club in the history of Champions League to win the money-spinning continental title back to back.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick for the second consecutive Champions League game to put Real Madrid in total control of their semi-final against Atletico on Tuesday night at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old Portugal forward scored all the goals as Real beat Atletico 3-0 in the first-leg of the contest, which concludes at the Vicente Calderon stadium in eight days.

Ronaldo, who was deserved Man of the Match, scored his first goal via a trademark header on 10 minutes, set up by a cross from Casemiro, the second was a powerful shot from the edge of the Atletico box that almost broke the net as he rifled a powerful volley into the top corner. He then completed his 42nd hat-trick for Real late on with a simple finish following a Lucas Vazquez cut-back.

Ronaldo has now scored 103 career Champions League goals, three more than Atletico as a club.

Ronaldo made life very excruciating for Atletico centre-back Stefan Savic, while Antoine Griezmann was quiet at the other end.

Elsewhere, Sergio Ramos courted controversy at 1-0, ploughing his forearm into the head of Atletico right-back Lucas Hernandez, but English referee Martin Atkinson failed to book the Spanish defender.


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