Just as he did in the quarter final second leg against fellow European giants Bayern Munich at the Bernabeu, Cristiano Ronaldo, again, hit three past Atletico Madrid as Real Madrid eased to victory in their Champions League semi-final first leg same venue.
However, the Portuguese star insists the tie is not over yet.
Ronaldo had put the Los Blancos ahead with just 10 minutes on the clock, rising above Atletico defender Stefan Savic to head in Casemiro’s cross.
Subsequently, he scored twice in the second half to put Real on the road to the final in Cardiff.
And despite his heroics, the former Man United star insisted his team-mates deserved their share of the credit.
“It was a total team match,” he said.
“We have a good advantage, but this is not closed.
“Atletico are very strong, they are not in the semi-finals by chance and we have to concentrate on Wednesday.”
Atletico will host Real in the second leg of the semi-final next week.
But Real may count themselves lucky to have taken the lead in the Bernabeu.
The was an air of controversy about the build-up to the goal as Ronaldo was clearly offside for Sergio Ramos’ initial cross into the box – but not for the second ball which Atletico failed to clear.
Real went into the break one up after Atletico’s Kevin Gameiro had squandered an excellent chance to level.
And the hosts had to wait until 73 minutes to double their lead at the Bernabeu.
The ball fell kindly to Ronaldo on the edge of the box after Filipe Luis’ attempted tackle for the Portuguese to rifle it past goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Ronaldo completed his hat-trick with just four minutes to go.
Real substitute Lucas Vazquez burst into the box from the right and cut the ball back to Ronaldo, who took advantage of more poor Atletico defending to hit home his third.
Afterwards, Ronaldo sent another message to Real Madrid fans during his celebration.
He turned to the crowd and made a whistle gesture before shaking his fingers.
Ronaldo has received criticism for his performances earlier this season and has even been whistled and jeered by Madrid fans.