Real Madrid general manager Jorge Valdano paid tribute to Cristiano Ronaldo after his hat-trick last night.

Ronaldo struck his first treble for Real in their 4-1 win at Real Mallorca.

"He's a great player, but now we cannot go over the top. We must talk of the team, although he has produced his biggest game of the season, he has rescued us, but we should not speak of dependence," said Valdano.

"In his two-month absence the team was able to become leaders on the table."