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Summary

  1. Ronaldo won fifth Ballon d'Or this week
  2. Portugal star doubles his La Liga tally for the season
  3. Last game before Real head to Fifa Club World Cup

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

That's it from me this afternoon. Thanks for your tweets on Cristiano Ronaldo. I'm surprised at how many don't rate him as one of the greats.

I'll be back later on for Juventus v Inter Milan. But there's still some football right now.

Live text commentary of Newcastle v Leicester's game is here.

FULL-TIME

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

It's all over. Are Real Madrid back to their best? They move to within five points of Barcelona before they head to the Fifa Club World Cup.

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Oseloka Ilondior: Don't get all the talk that Cristiano not being a team player & just goal scorer. He has 202 career assists to Messi's 236.

Aadam: All the people saying "Ronaldo's" international success makes him better than Messi ... he missed the final, while Messi led his country to 3 consecutive finals winning player of the tournament on each occasion. Just silly how people look at stats.

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Marcos Llorente's ambitious volley from the edge of the D is badly hit and dribbles wide. There haven't been many shots at all in this second half.

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Mark Richmond: Is Ronaldo the greatest player ever? Don’t think he’s even the greatest Ronaldo ever! That’s the Brazilian Phenom

Obriki Mudiaga: At 32, he still continues the impossible. Taking Madrid to back to back Champions League titles, taking an average Portugal team to Conquer Europe. Definitely the greatest

Zain: All this talk about Ronaldo vs Messi again! Messi always had the comfort of world class team-mates. I mean there is a difference between Benzema/Huntelaar and Ronaldinho/Neymar/Suarez/Villa/Eto'o etc. Same with International team. Ronaldo is a more complete player.

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Michael Krohn-Dehli replaces Ever Banega for Sevilla. Not sure the creative midfielder can turn this round...

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

You don't often see this. Cristiano Ronaldo, chasing a hat-trick, is replaced by Isco for the final 15 or so minutes.

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Real Madrid are so comfortable that they can bring on fringe players. Dani Ceballos replaces Luka Modric.

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Jake: I think Ronaldo just thought it's too easy so he'll give everyone a little headstart, he'll be scoring hat-tricks for fun for the rest of the season, you watch!

Kuda: The Ronaldo-Messi debate is just pure madness. Clearly Messi fans think he's the best ever, so do the Ronaldo fans. It's such a good topic for trolls to feed off

Ed Shackle: People seem to have incredibly short memories. How has everyone forgotten how just a few months ago he single handedly drove Madrid through the Champions League knockout phases. CR7 would never 'retire from his country' because he was feeling sorry for himself....

HITS THE WOODWORK

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Almost 6-0 as Karim Benzema crashes a header off the post from Marcelo's cross.

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Not loads to tell you about - neither side are going for it. Everyone's probably willing to keep this scoreline.

Real bring off goalscorer Toni Kroos and he's replaced by Marcos Llorente.

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Michael Dunne: look at all the CR7 naysayers based on dislike of Ronaldo's ego. I agree BTW but, he is a more complete footballer than Messi, Maradona, et al. Little dribblers with velcro ball control are awesome, but Cristiano has pace, power, aerial ability AND can dribble/shoot

Therealnews: ronaldo yet again responding to his critics

Koya Olufemi: Before people start comparing stats about Ronaldo and Messi, check it out. Ronaldo is not far behind on the assist chart which means he's a team player and also one of the best players

SUBSTITUTION

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Sevilla make their first change - Pablo Sarabia replaces Nolito up front.

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Ricki Gonsalves: May just be the view of a recent generation but Ronaldo and Messi are statistically the best ever forwards aren't they? And I think Ronaldo's international success gives him the edge between them.

Oseloka Ilondior: Cristiano is no doubt is the best ever! He's proven himself at the highest level with 2 separate clubs, in two of the best leagues in the world. He holds the highest individual records and the most individual awards ever The records say so and we must agree too!

Sreekanth Vedula: that’s a lot of hate already in the comments for Ronaldo.. he may not be the best guy when presenting himself but he is easily one of the greats of all time.. he just wants to do the best on the pitch, not to please people

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Sevilla have their first shot on target as Nolito basically rolls the ball at Keylor Navas. A sack of spuds would have saved that shot.

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Real Madrid are dominating possession - cruise control is the expression - but haven't created a chance yet after the break.

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Bimochan Bhandari: Ronaldo is not most technically gifted player but he certainly makes into top five best player ever.

Seth Gogo Egoeh: For me, I wouldn't say he is the best of all time. Definitely the best of the 21st Century, but comes after Pele. The top 6 for me are: Pele, CR7, Maradona, Zidane, Messi, Brazillian Ronaldo

Nick Wagstaff: "Is [insert generational superstar name here] the best ever?" must be the most unanswerable question in football. But if forced, I think it's Maradona, with Johann Cruyff next and Lionel Messi in 3rd.

KICK-OFF

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

More of the same? Sevilla will hope not. Would they take 5-0 now? Will Real settle for five? Let's find out.

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Here was Cristiano Ronaldo showcasing all his Ballons d'Or before kick-off - one for each goal Real have scored in the first half.

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John McEnerney: ZZ playing mind games to get CR7 out of his goal slump? Him & Leo are greats but not the greatest they don’t win games on their own like Maradona, Ronaldinho or Zidane did they are/were surrounded by quality like AI, XH, XA, LS, LM etc! Still greats though!

O Cube: Ronaldo just a lethal striker. When not scoring he's just ordinary... Messi, during MSN era showed his completeness by good link up play and assists; he's always relevant.. Ballon rewards goal scorers these days.

M1N355: Ronaldo is a goal machine, but that doesn't make him the greatest. Messi is a genius, the things we see him do on the pitch are out of this planet.

HALF-TIME

Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Rapturous applause around the Bernabeu as the referee blows the whistle for half-time.

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Roy Biakpara: Not even nearly. Too mechanical. Extremely effective goalscorer...oh and he waited to win the fifth before expressing himself. Some started winning the world cup at 17! Says he plays with both feet, not as good at that as a certain Cazorla. Shooting isn't playing

ChrisR: He is one of the most talented players in his era but just lacks something to be the best ever

Martin O'Brien: What a joke, He has been terrible this season.Probably lost La Liga already due to his suspension. By the way, his real name is Penaldo. The Great Pretender.

GOAL - Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla

Achraf Hakimi (42 mins)

This is incredible. Young right-back Achraf Hakimi scores his first Real Madrid goal and it's FIVE-NIL in the first half. Cristiano Ronaldo finds Toni Kroos, who plays it out to Achraf first time. And he makes no mistake from inside the box.

Remarkable.

GOAL - Real Madrid 4-0 Sevilla

Toni Kroos (38 mins)

Wow. Cristiano Ronaldo wins the ball in his own half, Toni Kroos runs from halfway line and plays the ball out right to Lucas Vazquez. The winger plays it back across to Kroos to guide the ball home.

What a goal. What football. This is majestic.

YELLOW CARD

Real Madrid 3-0 Sevilla

Ever Banega lunges on Luka Modric. The Sevilla man goes into the book.

Real Madrid 3-0 Sevilla

It's almost a first-half hat-trick for Cristiano Ronaldo, he launches a sensational flying volley but it's saved by Sergio Rico.

This is a million times better than most Real performances I've seen this season. It's like watching the 2016-17 team again.

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Geoff Naylor: Maradona, Pele, Cruijff, Messi... all are or were better than CR7.

Fletch Fletcher: "if he adds the world cup to his name..." forget winning it, for me all he has to do is lead Portugal into the semis. Portugal simply aren't good enough to expect a WC win. Ronaldo deserves one but realistically won't get it.

Big O: Any man who must say, "I am the King", is no true king - Ronaldo is one of the great footballers but not the most modest

GOAL - Real Madrid 3-0 Sevilla

Cristiano Ronaldo (31 mins)

Game over. Cristiano Ronaldo has doubled his La Liga tally for the season within about half an hour of this game.

Keeper Sergio Rico actually guesses right but Ronaldo's penalty goes under him.

PENALTY TO REAL MADRID

Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla

Marcelo flicks the ball down and Jesus Navas sticks an arm out. Penalty.

Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla

Real winger Lucas Vazquez now fires into the side-netting. They're dominating this game so much at the moment you'd forget they were only separated on goal difference before kick-off.

Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla

Toni Kroos cuts in from the left and curls an effort high and wide. This is much better from Real Madrid.

Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla

Sevilla winger Jesus Navas finds his former Manchester City team-mate Nolito, but he curls wide from inside the box.

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Iman Pirmohamed: He's not even the best player of his generation. Messi quite clearly is

Parth Mehta: The athleticism, the looks, the marketability and so much more in just one human.. Surely has to be one of the greatest sportsman ever

The Man: Phenomenal player in his prime but for me some way behind Messi, never mind Pele, Maradona, Cruyff et al.

GOAL - Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla

Cristiano Ronaldo (23 mins)

The man of the moment. But it's just Cristiano Ronaldo's third of the season in La Liga.

Marco Asensio plays through the five-time Ballon d'Or winner with an excellent pass and Ronaldo calmly slots home from 14 yards out.

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

Sevilla playmaker Ever Banega just pings a 30-yard shot over the bar. Ambitious.

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

Sevilla have definitely come back into the game after Real's quick start, they have had 57% possession.

As I write that Karim Benzema heads wide for Real.

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

Gabriel Mercado puts in a good cross for Sevilla, but Real manage to get it clear. The visitors have won their last three La Liga games.

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Joseph Robert Jones: Back In 2015 Rafa Benitez refused To answer that Ronaldo Was the best in the world. The link? Zinedine must be taking a hint from the sacking that followed Rafa’s poor form at Madrid

Real AP: CR7 is the greatest player. Messi is a wonderful player. But Ronaldo is in the same category as Cryuff. Very few players could survive in any era of football and these two along with Gerrard and Totti make the grade.

Leo N Mahachi: Don't know anything much but my conscience tells me you can't compare players who played in different eras! However, I do argue that Ronaldo is the best player of our time!

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

From the following corner, Jesus Vallejo puts it over from close range. The 20-year-old Real Madrid defender will probably be quite happy to see he had been flagged offside anyway.

Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla

Sevilla's Luis Muriel gets into the box after a good bit of skill but Real Madrid get the ball clear.

At the other end, Cristiano Ronaldo has a shot delected wide.