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Video. Nearly 12,000 Bournemouth fans were treated to a fabulous display from Real Madrid and Ronaldo. He's seen as one of the best footballers in the world. And last night, we saw why. Ronaldo and his Real Madrid team mates wowed the crowd at Bournemouth.
Carlo Ancelotti's first match in charge of Real Madrid saw them stroll to a stylish 6-0 win over SkyBet Championship Bournemouth at Dean Court.
Cristiano Ronaldo netted the first goal of the Italian's reign and added another before Sami Khedira scored on the stroke of half-time.
Bournemouth, whose chairman Eddie Mitchell said this fixture was a reward for their long-suffering support, failed to provide a goal for them to cheer as Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and then Casemiro got in on the act.
Ancelotti, Jose Mourinho's replacement, included new signing Isco in his line-up and there was certainly enough household names in his first Madrid XI to keep the capacity crowd, many of whom had paid £60 and queued overnight for their ticket, happy.
And it took the most stellar name of all just seven minutes to almost make his mark with one of Ronaldo's trademark free-kicks whistling past the top corner in a climate more typical of the Bernabeu than Boscombe.
Bournemouth did have their moments early on with two January additions Ryan Fraser and Brett Pitman combining. The latter saw his low drive deflected wide after a mazy run from Fraser before Pitman's audacious chip fell just off target.
Cheered by all four sides of the ground throughout, Ronaldo, the world's most expensive footballer, was clearly enjoying himself as he showcased his repertoire of flicks & tricks. One backheel forced Darryl Flahavan into a smart stop & another teed up Karim Benzema who was denied by the goalkeeper
Despite a valiant effort AFC Bournemouth were beaten by Real Madrid losing six-nil.
However, fans at the Dorset club were treated to a footballing masterclass by Ronaldo and co.
The Special one may be gone, but Ancelotti has amazing squad to play with as his Real Madrid team takes a 5-0 lead.