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Ancelotti hails Cristiano Ronaldo's "unique gift"

Ronaldo enjoys another vintage, goal-laden performance. Credit: PA

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes Cristiano Ronaldo has a "unique gift" after the Portugal forward played a starring role in a 5-1 demolition of Elche on Tuesday night.

Only three days after netting his 24th hat-trick for the club in their 8-2 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, Ronaldo went one better with goals in the 28th, 32nd, 80th and 90th minutes to set Real on their way to a third win of the Primera Division season.

Ronaldo is now Madrid's third highest league goalscorer - behind Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano - on 187, and Ancelotti feels he more than merits the attention.

He doesn't like playing with his back to goal - he wants to look for spaces on the wing to be facing goal.

The movements he makes are very quick and that's why they come as a surprise. He is always in just the right position because he has a unique gift for movement.

He needed a period of time in which to work; he has done that with the discipline and professionalism that he has. He's in very good physical shape, he's motivated and he's scoring a lot of goals.

– Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti


Bale would like to see more Brits play abroad

Bale has settled in at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

Gareth Bale believes more British players should play abroad at some stage in their career.

The 25-year-old winger left the comfort of the Barclays Premier League last summer when he joined Real Madrid from Tottenham for a world-record £85million transfer fee.

I think the most important thing is you feel it's the right move. If you feel you're going to play, then I would encourage a British player to go abroad.

I've enjoyed every minute of it, the new culture, the new life. I felt like I wanted to challenge myself. It's down to the player himself whether he can kick on.

I definitely feel I can keep improving every season, improve my game in training every day. We're expected to try to win every trophy. We want to win every trophy. We'll give our best.

– Bale speaking to The Independent ahead of Saturday evening's Madrid derby at the Bernabeu.
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