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The Portuguese trainer has taken the time to praise the Fifa Ballon d'Or runner-up, while club icon Emilio Butragueno was equally impressed with the ex-Manchester United man

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has voiced his admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo in the aftermath of his side's 4-2 La Liga win over Levante on Sunday.

The Portugal international netted a hat-trick to help the capital-city side to three points, and the 49-year-old was thoroughly impressed with his attacker's third goal of the evening.

"Cristiano Ronaldo's goal was incredible, fantastic, and I believe it will go around the world during the next few weeks," Mourinho stated on the post-match press conference.

"The entire team feels so and it was a special strike for Cristiano. It was the 4,000th strike at the Santiago Bernabeu and he deserves it."

Director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno was equally in awe of the former Manchester United man's performance, and had nothing but praise for the attacker.

"He is a real professional and is very ambitious. He is a key player for Real Madrid and for Jose Mourinho," the 48-year-old said to Canal+.

Ronaldo has now scored 27 Primera Division goals in 22 appearances for Los Blancos following Sunday's hat-trick.

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