Spain international Sergio Ramos has hailed fellow Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo as “virtually indispensable” after the later’s hat-trick their 3-2 victory over Sevilla in Saturday’s “life or death” clash at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The Portugal international scored a quickfire double in the first half before adding to his tally in the 68th minute, ensuring goals from Carlos Bacca and Iborra were not enough for Unai Emery’s men to get anything from a vital Liga showdown for both sides.
Without Ronaldo’s treble at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Madrid would now be five points adrift of Barcelona in the Primera Division title race with three games to go, but instead they are just two behind Luis Enrique’s men, for which Sergio Ramos is grateful to the Ballon d’Or winner.
“Cristiano is a incredibly optimistic player who lives for goalscoring,” the Madrid vice captain told reporters. “He gets punished by others when he doesn’t.
“He is virtually indispensable and hopefully can continue his scoring streak. We knew it would be life or death against Sevilla, but we have got the three points we came for.”
Sergio Ramos is traditionally a regular as a centre-back in the Blancos’ defence but lately Carlo Ancelotti has decided to field him in midfield – a position the player says that he is still adapting to.
“I’m just dedicated to taking orders and try to give my best for the team,” he added. “Slowly I’m finding it more comfortable in midfield.
“For me, the important thing is that I’m playing to a good standard, I don’t care in what position.”
Real Madrid are back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Juventus for the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, hoping to defend the title they won last season.
Ronaldo is key in that game as his efforts are able to land Real Madrid a back-to-back final in the prestigious European football event.
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