Cristiano Ronaldo stole a march on Lionel Messi in the race for the Pichichi by scoring five - including an eight-minute hat-trick - in an incredible 9-1 rout of Granada.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side had to wait until the 25th minute to take the lead through Gareth Bale, but the opener only opened the floodgates as Ronaldo scored a hat-trick before half-time to give Real a 4-0 lead.
And Los Blancos continued with such gusto after the break, with Ronaldo adding another and Karim Benzema bagging a double saw them seven to the good with 56 on the clock.
Double figures looked to be on the cards, as La Liga’s second-bottom side crumbled all over the pitch, but a number of changes saw the flow of the contest stemmed.
Granada grabbed a consolation goal before a Diego Mainz own goal and another Ronaldo goal gave Real Madrid a sensational 9-1 win - the biggest margin of victory in La Liga this season.
- Source: AFP via Eurosport