An Adebayor hat-trick and braces from Benzema & the Portuguese, who scored his 39th and 40th goals of the campaign, consigned Almeria to a miserable last day in La Liga
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo became the most prolific goal scorer in a single season, surpassing Hugo Sanchez’s record of 38 goals in a single La Liga campaign in his sides’ 8-1 win over an Almeria team resigned to playing in Spain’s Segunda division next year.
Emmanuel Adebayor doubled Madrid’s lead midway through the first half, only for Kalu Uche to respond within seconds of the Togolese’s goal giving Roberto Olabe’s side a lifeline at half-time.
Almeria came to within the width of the post of restoring parity before Madrid ran riot. Karim Benzema and Adebayor rotated the next four goals between them as los Blancos scored their 100th league goal.
The 101st goal came from the boot of Cristiano Ronaldo before the youngster Mato Joselu provided Madrid their eighth goal of the match, as los Blancos brought their season to an impressive conclusion.
Real Madrid took the lead within four minutes when Kaka’s deep cross was headed into the path of Ronaldo, who tapped home from close range to score his record-breaking 39th league goal.
Benzema came close to doubling los Blancos’ lead when he burst toward goal before seeing his strike from 25 yards rise over the bar.
A pulsating period ensued as Adebayor provided a fine finish after Mesut Ozil had supplied the former Arsenal striker with a superb through ball.
Almeria responded in emphatic fashion from the restart, as Juanma Ortiz sent in a cross which landed at Kalu Uche’s feet via a deflection leaving the striker the simplest of tap-ins to halve Almeria’s deficit.
Madrid looked to restore their two-goal lead after a determined Ronaldo touched the ball to Benzema who thumped a ferocious effort against Esteban’s crossbar.
The second half began in the same fashion as the first had ended, when Albert Crusat rose highest but was left helpless as he watched his effort hit the post, denying Almeria an equalising goal.
Madrid’s response was lethal; Benzema charged towards Almeria’s goal and with no defender challenging, the Frenchman burst through before poking a finish underneath Esteban.
Almeria conceded their fourth soon after when Ronaldo rounded the ‘keeper, only for Carlos Garcia to make a superb goal-line clearance. Adebayor was the man in waiting, however, and he hammered the ball home from all of six yards out.
Madrid continued to dominate and their fifth strike was a showmanship of teamwork. Adebayor took Sergio Ramos’ chipped pass in his stride before shifting it onto Ronaldo, who took one touch before finding Benzema, who slotted the ball beyond Esteban.
Pepe rose highest to flick Esteban Granero’s corner into the path of Adebayor who completed his hat-trick in resounding fashion from close range.
Ronaldo finished the season with 40 goals to his name after he provided a cool finish following Sergio Ramos’s through ball.
Madrid still had enough time to match their goal tally of last season of 102 goals through substitute Mato Joselu firing home from close range following a lifted ball into the far post.
With both sides resigned to their fates ahead of this game Madrid showed what they are capable of, albeit against a lesser opposition, ahead of next year, in the hope of usurping champions Barcelona, whilst Almeria will hope to return to the top division after dropping down to the Spain's second tier.