Cristiano Ronaldo overtook Alfredo Di Stefano to become the all-time top goal scorer in the history of the Madrid derby after scoring a hat trick in Real Madrid’s 3-0 win against Atletico Madrid at the Vicente Calderon.
Ronaldo’s treble puts his total tally at 18, one more than Di Stefano, while another Real legend Raul has 15. Atletico’s top scorer in the game is Paco Campos with 12.
That performance led Zinedine Zidane to claim any debate about whether Ronaldo should win a fourth Ballon d’or was now over.
The 31-year-old, who recently signed a new five-year contract extension, ended the night having scored seven goals at Atletico’s Vicente Calderon stadium, two less than former Brazil international striker Ronaldo managed during his four full seasons with Los Blancos.
Ronaldo has now notched eight goals and supplied two assists in nine La Liga appearances this season.
That result leaves Zinedine Zidane’s side four points clear of Barcelona at the top of La Liga after 12 games.