Hat trick hero Ronaldo: “We were outstanding” in 3-0 win

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Cristiano Ronaldo is moving towards sandwiching his EURO 2016 title with two slices of UEFA Champions League glory.

The 32-year-old Real Madrid superstar scored his 400th goal for Real, one of his 101st, 102nd, and 103rd UCL goals scored in Tuesday’s 3-0 first leg of the Madrid Derby semifinal tie.

[ UCL RECAP: Real Madrid 3-0 Atletico Madrid ]

That’s pretty good, and Ronaldo is feeling a-okay.

From Real Madrid’s English site:

“The team did a tremendous job, we were outstanding. It was a complete performance and we performed very well right from the first whistle to the last. I’m very happy to have struck a hat-trick and made it 400 goals for Real Madrid.

“We’ve now got a good lead, but there’s still the return leg to come and the tie isn’t over yet. Atlético are a very fine, strong side and it’s not by chance that they’re in the semi-finals. We’ll have to be focused for next Wednesday’s game.”

It’s so rare to have a period of so many years where two of the world’s best players to ever play the game are flying for rivals inside of the same country, and at times perhaps Ronaldo and Lionel Messi take shine from each other.

There are few ways to overstate Ronaldo’s intelligence as a player, met only by his work ethic and powerful feet.