All-time scorer: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after scoring a goal against Celta during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Ronaldo's public thoughts on his team-mates were strangely timed, and new coach Zinedine Zidane will not tolerate a disruptive figure in the dressing room.

"We knew it would be a hard game because they play good football".

"In the dressing room we have talked about playing a faster style so that we can do more damage to our opponents".

Pepe put the hosts in front towards the end of an uneventful first-half. Real took flight in the second half when Ronaldo got off the mark with a trademark shot from outside the box that dipped over Sergio Blanco who was well off his line. "We went out very strong in the second half".

However, he responded instantly with a dipping strike from 25 yards that flew past Blanco.

Cristiano Ronaldo has done little to dismiss suggestions he treasures individual glory over collective success by claiming his dream goal would be to dribble past all 11 opposing players before scoring. He then added another goal from a free kick, tapped in a short cross and headed home a corner kick.

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Celta pulled a goal back out of nowhere through Aspas, but the Galians were back in the game for barely a minute.

However, Madrid duly replied with a further three goals in 13 minutes.

Madrid had much better control of the game after the break and Ronaldo was desperately unlucky not to restore their two-goal lead when he struck the post from James Rodriguez's fine through ball.

However, they are well-placed to progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after 2-0 win at Roma in the first-leg of their last-16 tie.

Ronaldo scored four goals in Real Madrid's 7-1 victory.

And Bale showed what Madrid were missing last week against Atletico when he drove at the Celta defence before firing in his 14th goal of the season off the post.

David Garcia's header just before half-time secured the Canary Islanders' third successive win to move four points clear of the relegation zone.