Ronaldo keeps getting better – Asensio lauds Madrid star

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Though he's already had a glittering career, the Portuguese's team-mate thinks he is finding yet another level

Cristiano Ronaldo continues to exceed expectations with his Real Madrid heroics, according to team-mate Marco Asensio.

Ronaldo struck a hat-trick in the first leg of his side's Champions League semi-final against Atletico, guiding Madrid to a 3-0 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.

The Portuguese forward has now scored eight goals in his past three European outings, helping champions Madrid put a foot in the final.

Don't doubt hat-trick hero Ronaldo again

Asensio, who came off the bench in the first leg, said Ronaldo continued to meet the lofty challenges set for him.

Ronaldo - Hat-trick versus Atletico Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is applying finishing touches to a masterpiece of a career - this hat-trick in the UEFA Champions League semifinals Posted by on Wednesday, 3 May 2017

"Cristiano just keeps getting better and he always exceeds any expectations people put on him," he said.

"We have to thank the fans because whenever we have a crucial game, they're there driving us on."

Ronaldo headed in a 10th-minute opener before two second-half goals put Madrid in complete control of the tie.

Asensio felt the 3-0 win was just what Zinedine Zidane's team deserved for their display.

"We produced a very complete performance. The result was a fair reflection of what happened out on the pitch," he said.

"We're very happy with the result, which puts us in a great position ahead of the return leg, but we have to treat the game at the Calderon very seriously.

"We knew how important it was not to concede a goal at home. We managed to keep a clean sheet and score three goals."

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