Ronaldo lets Bale take free kick

The Portuguese allowed his team-mate - and the world's most expensive player - to take a set piece against Sevilla, which he duly scored from
Cristiano Ronaldo shunned his free kick duties in favour of Gareth Bale, who stepped up and fired his and Real Madrid's second goal against Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday.

The Welshman had put the capital club into a 13th-mintue lead, collecting a Karim Benzema pass before curling into the top corner beyond goalkeeper Beto from the edge of the area.

Step aside | Gareth Bale gets a rare opportunity to impress from a Real Madrid set piece

Ronaldo then stood aside to let the world's most expensive footballer - bought by the Blancos for €100 million in the summer - give Carlo Ancelotti's men a 2-0 cushion from a dead ball situation on 27 minutes, via a deflection in the wall.

Touch fortunate | Ronaldo points out the deflection as Bale celebrates scoring his second

However, the Portuguese winger would not be as generous with sharing responsibilities for a second time, though, as the No.7 smashed home the Blancos' third from the penalty spot, denying Bale the opportunity to bag his first hat-trick since joining the club.

The former Tottenham player also had a hand in the fourth, which put Madrid 4-2 up, cutting in a ball from the right flank for Benzema to finish.