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Oct 5, 2014 at 8pm UK at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Real Madrid
5-0
Athletic Bilbao
Ronaldo (2', 55', 88'), Benzema (41', 69')
FT(HT: 2-0)

Cristiano Ronaldo: 'Karim Benzema the best in Spain'

Real Madrid ace Cristiano Ronaldo hails Karim Benzema as the best striker in La Liga following the 5-0 win over Athletic Bilbao.

Cristiano Ronaldo has paid tribute to Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema, who he claims is the best striker in Spain.

The duo ran riot in a 5-0 rout of Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night, with Ronaldo bagging a hat-trick while his French counterpart struck twice.

The 26-year-old came in for some criticism over a number of goal-shy periods last season but, with five goals in all competitions so far, the Portuguese claims that Benzema is responding to his critics.

"I'm happy for Karim. He's the best striker in the league and one of the best in the world," Ronaldo told reporters.

"The criticism he's had is part of being a footballer and we have to be above such things."

Last night's win lifted Carlo Ancelotti's side up to fourth in La Liga.

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Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish league football match Real Madrid vs Athletic Club Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on October 5, 2014
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