CRISTIANO RONALDO became the first player in history to reach a half century of goals for the sixth calendar year in succession as Real Madrid laboured to a 2-1 victory over Sporting Gijon which took them seven points clear of Barcelona.
His two goals also made it 150 in La Liga at the Bernabeu, but it was not as simple as it should have been for Zinedine Zidane’s men.
Real Madrid became the latest side to do an eco-friendly made from recycled ocean plastic — and they came flying out of the blocks with waves of attacks as the rain poured down in the Spanish capital.
And the home side were awarded a penalty when Lucas Vazquez was fouled by a clumsy challenge.
Ronaldo made no mistake as he struck his spot-kick into the bottom corner.
And 13 minutes later, it was two as the former Manchester United man powered a header in from close range