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The Portuguese star was proud of Real Madrid's ruthless performance as they hit Schalke for six in their Champions League last-16 first leg

Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed his link-up play with Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale after Real Madrid sealed a 6-1 win over Schalke on Wednesday.

Two goals apiece for Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema sealed an emphatic first-leg win in the Champions League last-16 encounter, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar firing home a consolation with a superb volley in the closing minutes.

Madrid's attacking trio stole the headlines in a ruthless display in Gelsenkirchen, but Ronaldo insists the whole team deserved praise for their efforts.

"All three of us [Ronaldo, Benzema and Bale] did well and not just in terms of scoring the goals," he told Canal Plus. In general, the entire team, from Iker [Casillas] to the defenders and midfielders, everyone did their job well.

"We have played some very good games this season and this was one more. Schalke were not at their best level. We are happy as we are now very close to reaching the next round."

Ronaldo admits he should have added to his double on the night after striking the post and seeing three efforts blocked by goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, but the Portugal captain insists he was simply happy to be back in action following his domestic suspension.

"I scored two goals but, as I said, the goalkeeper did well. I believe in my potential, my team-mates helped me and in the second half I was able to score twice," he continued.

"What has happened has happened, I was frustrated because I didn't deserve a three-match ban, but I'm happy now.

"We're now motivated for the derby [with Atletico Madrid], that's the main thing. We are Madrid and we'll try to win at the Vicente Calderon."