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Ronaldo: Team is what matters

Real Madrid hat-trick hero Cristiano Ronaldo insists the team's goals rather than his own remain of utmost importance as his treble ensured they remained top of the Primera Division heading into the international break.

• Real Madrid 7-1 Osasuna
• Blog: Madrid dish out midday massacre

Ronaldo notched his 12th hat-trick in a goal-laden Real career as the Madrid giants racked up a thumping 7-1 win over Osasuna in a midday kick-off at the Bernabeu.

Ronaldo collected the European Golden Boot earlier this week for his goalscoring exploits in the 2010-11 season but the 2011 Copa del Rey remains his only club accolade to date since his £80 million move to Real from Manchester United in the summer of 2009, something he is keen to change.

He told the club's official website: "We knew Osasuna were a tough rival and the important thing was to win today. Despite playing in the morning (sic) we had a good start to the match, we scored and played well in both halves.

"I'm very happy for scoring today, but what matters is the team won. We were favourites because we played at home and we knew we had to follow an opening strike with another, and another."

Karim Benzema scored twice after coming on as a second-half substitute, with Pepe and Gonzalo Higuain netting Real's other goals after Ibrahima Balde equalised for Osasuna following a quickly-taken free-kick.

Another bright note for Jose Mourinho's men was a debut for summer signing Nuri Sahin, who has been sidelined since his signing from Borussia Dortmund by a knee injury, but on the debit side for Real was a concerning injury for Angel Di Maria.

The Argentinian wide man had set up all three of Real's first-half goals before he pulled up with what the club later confirmed was a left hamstring injury early in the second half.

Mourinho felt Osasuna had given his side a tough time in the first half before pulling clear in the second to give the scoreline a flattering look.

He told Marca: "The result does not fit the match in the first half. It took us into the game because they were well placed. In the final part of the first half we improved and did damage."

The result took Real to a 10th straight win in all competitions and Mourinho added: "We're playing well, we're playing very serious. We deserve these ten straight wins. I do not remember a game we won and we have not deserved to. We are moving from good to very good games."

Mourinho welcomed Sahin's long-awaited bow and said: "It was the perfect match for Sahin. There was no physical or psychological pressure. He had a long time out and it was a good test today. He now has 15 days (during the international break) to continue improving his form."




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