Cristiano Ronaldo netted a hat-trick for Real Madrid in their 4-0 rout of Getafe last night.

Anything other than a Madrid victory would have seen Barcelona crowned Spanish champions for the third successive season, but La Liga's leading scorer Ronaldo ensured that would not be the case.

The world's most expensive player, who scored four times in Saturday's 6-2 win at Sevilla, netted in the 24th, 58th and 90th minutes to take his tally to the season to 36 - two short of equalling the Primera Division record.

Karim Benzema also got on the scoresheet seconds after coming on as a substitute as Madrid closed the gap on leaders Barca to five points.

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