Nov 30, 2013 at 7pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
Real Valladolid
Bale (33', 64', 89'), Benzema (36')
Pepe (71')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Sastre (81')

Marcelo: 'Gareth Bale is great, but Cristiano Ronaldo still the main man'

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with Real Madrid's Welsh striker Gareth Bale after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Real Sociedad on November 9, 2013
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Marcelo feels that Cristiano Ronaldo remains in a league of his own, despite Gareth Bale's 'perfect' hat-trick in Real Madrid's 4-0 win over Real Valladolid.

Real Madrid defender Marcelo has said that Cristiano Ronaldo is still the main man at the Santiago Bernabeu, despite Gareth Bale's hat-trick in the 4-0 win over Real Valladolid.

The Welshman starred for the Blancos in the absence of Ronaldo - who missed out through injury - as the 24-year-old headed the hosts into the lead, before setting up Karim Benzema to double the advantage.

Bale hit a further two goals with either foot to complete the 'perfect' hat-trick but, despite admitting that the former Tottenham Hotspur star is "on the right track", the Brazilian feels that Ronaldo remains in a league of his own.

"You cannot compare Bale and Ronaldo," he told reporters after the victory. "Cristiano is above the rest of the players and everyone on the team knows that. Bale is a great player, though, and he is on the right track."

The Portuguese is expected to be named among the three-man selection for the Ballon d'Or having hit 66 goals for club and country in the calendar year - including seven hat-tricks.

Gareth Bale of Real Madrid CF scores Real's opening goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on November 30, 2013
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