Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 21st league goal in thunderous fashion on Saturday. (Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
It's been a decent week for Cristiano Ronaldo, huh? Five days ago he captured his second Ballon d'Or, and he followed that up by scoring once in Real Madrid's 2-0 win over Osasuna to advance them in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.
Then, in a league match against Real Betis today, he completely froze goalkeeper Stephan Andersen with this thunderbolt of a shot:
He hit it so hard that the GIF has trouble rendering it smoothly (so here's a video). Did the ball spin, at all?
No. No it did not.
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That goal capped off a 5-0 rout by Real Madrid, with Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Ángel Di Maria and Álvaro Morata scoring the other goals. The last of them was assisted by...you guessed it...Cristiano Ronaldo (on a bicycle kick, no less!)
Real's win moves it provisionally into a tie with Atlético Madrid and Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table on 50 points, but both Barça and Atlético play on Sunday.