Ronaldo scores five as Real Madrid thrash Espanyol

Portugal captain had not scored in the opening two games of the league; Messi, Neymar take Barca past Atletico.

    Ronaldo scores five as Real Madrid thrash Espanyol
    Ronaldo and Benzema scored all six goals for Real Madrid [EPA]

    Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo ended his early-season drought in emphatic style when he hit five goals in a 6-0 romp at Espanyol to become the club's record scorer in La Liga.

    The Portugal captain had failed to find the net in Real's opening two games of the campaign but a blistering performance took his tally in Spain's top flight to 230, overtaking former striker Raul's total of 228.

    La Liga top-scorers
    5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)     
    2 Nolito (Celta Vigo)                 
      Adrian Gonzalez (Eibar)             
      Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)           
      Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)         
      James Rodriguez (Real Madrid)       
      Cedric Bakambu (Villarreal)         
      Roberto Soldado (Villarreal) 

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi holds the record with 285.

    The 30-year-old FIFA Ballon d'Or holder scored in the seventh, 17th (penalty), 20th, 61st and 81st minutes and Karim Benzema struck in the 28th minute as Real put a hapless Espanyol to the sword to move on to seven points from three matches.

    In the late game, Lionel Messi came off the bench to earn Barcelona a 2-1 victory at Atletico Madrid.

    Reigning champions Barca, who started with talisman Messi as a substitute following the birth of his second son on Friday, fell behind after a tight first half at the Calderon when Fernando Torres sped clear to score in the 51st minute.

    Neymar levelled four minutes later when he curled a sumptuous free kick into the top corner.

    He was involved in the winner as he slipped a pass into space for Messi to dink it past goalkeeper Jan Oblak with 13 minutes remaining.

    The victory preserved Barca's perfect start to the season and they lead on a maximum nine points from three matches, three ahead of 2013-14 champions Atletico who are fifth.

    Real have seven points in second place.

    Results:

    Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
    Espanyol 0-6 Real Madrid
    Sporting Gijon 0-1 Valencia

    SOURCE: AP


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