Zinedine Zidane has hailed the 'incredible' continued form of Cristiano Ronaldo after the Portuguese forward scored four goals in a 6-3 win over Girona on Sunday night.
After a slow start to the season, Ronaldo has now scored 21 goals in his last 11 games in all competitions, putting him behind only Lionel Messi in La Liga's scoring charts.
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in each of his last eight games across all competitions:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 19, 2018
17 goals in that time. pic.twitter.com/mkHQAg2DB9
Speaking after the game, the Frenchman said: "Ronaldo is very important to us, he transmits an energy across the whole group.
Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 50 career hat-tricks:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) March 19, 2018
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A goalscoring great. pic.twitter.com/ZHGS4bYoQS
"We have regained confidence," he said, "and that has been evident in our home games. We have scored many goals in four or five games at the Bernabeu, which we didn't do at the start of the season.
"And then there is Cristiano. When Cristiano is fine, the team is fine. And then it's important that the team doesn't take its foot off the pedal. We have to improve things (defensively). I'm not happy with the three goals conceded and that has to be improved, we have to work on it."