Ronaldo grabs double as Messi breaks goal record

Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:11pm EST
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By Iain Rogers

MADRID (Reuters) - Cristiano Ronaldo struck twice as leaders Real Madrid subdued Eibar 4-0 on Saturday while Lionel Messi set a La Liga record of 253 goals with a hat-trick in second-placed Barcelona's 5-1 rout of Sevilla.

James Rodriguez nodded Real in front in the 23rd minute at Eibar's tiny Ipurua stadium in the Basque Country, which holds fewer than 6,000 spectators, and Ronaldo's scuffed shot made it 2-0 just before the break.

Karim Benzema cracked the third in the 69th minute and Ronaldo netted from the penalty spot seven minutes from time as the European champions swept to a 14th victory in a row in all competitions.

Top-flight debutants Eibar, whose entire squad is worth roughly as much as Ronaldo's annual wages of 20 million euros ($24.8 million), created several scoring chances but were outclassed by Real's galaxy of superstars.

The latest victory put the world's richest club by income two points clear at the top with 30 points from 12 matches during which they have amassed 46 goals, 20 of them coming from Ronaldo in 11 appearances.

"A defeat will come of course but our goal is to continue this run," Real coach Carlo Ancelotti told a news conference.

"The team is in good shape and all the players are motivated and doing fantastic work," added the Italian.

At the Nou Camp, Messi matched Telmo Zarra's 1955 record of 251 goals when he curled in a delightful free kick to give Barca a 21st-minute lead.   Continued...

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his second goal with teammates during their Spanish first division soccer match against Sevilla at Nou Camp stadium in Barcelona November 22, 2014. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino