Navas happy to "reward" after 50 games with Real Madrid

Michael Owen Luis Figo Ronaldo Nazario and Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabéu to honour Cristiano Ronaldo's fourth Balón de Oro
Navas happy to "reward" after 50 games with Real Madrid
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08 January, 2017

Real Madrid have equalled Barcelona's 39-game unbeaten record with a 5-0 victory over Malaga on Saturday.

Isco hit a brace, with Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro also on the scoresheet against struggling Granada as Madrid moved six points clear at the top of the table.

And the goal that Real had been threatening eventually came in the 12th minute when Casemiro played in Benzema and he quickly slotted the ball into the path of Isco, who kept his composure to fire past Guillermo Ochoa. Players like Isco, James Rodriguez, Nacho or Varane are more than ready to perform when Madrid host the lower-tier teams in the competition, especially now that Los Blancos will be playing three games a week more often than not.

Zidane joined fellow Ballon d'Or winners and ex-Madrid stars Raymond Kopa, Luis Figo, Michael Owen and former Brazil striker Ronaldo on the field beforehand to celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo as a four-time recipient of the coveted award.

The dominating play and equaling the Spanish record came after the club celebrated Ronaldo winning his fourth Ballon d'Or, making Saturday a ideal day for the Merengues. Subs: Bueno 5, Marquez 4, Ponce 5.

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Mexico global Ochoa was forced to pluck the ball from the net again eight minutes later as he could only parry Luka Modric's strike as far as Benzema, leaving the striker with a tap-in despite being in an offside position.

Ronaldo was rested as Real showed no signs of rust after a 17-day break since winning the Club World Cup to sweep aside Sevilla 3-0 in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last 16 tie on Wednesday.

DF Marcelo, 8 - Exactly a decade after his debut as an 18-year-old in 2007, Marcelo ran amok on the left with a few flicks and tricks and assisted Ronaldo's goal, going off to a huge ovation after a wonderful display. Everything becomes easier when you score first and early. Modric gets in behind the opposition defence and passes right across the face of goal for Isco to bundle home from close range.

Zidane has lead Madrid to a club best of 38 games unbeaten as they prepare to play Granada on Saturday.

With yet another victory in the bag, Real Madrid have now equalled Barcelona's unbeaten record of 39 games which they set just a year ago.


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