Ronaldo becomes all-time leading scorer across top five European leagues

In the end, Real proved too strong and now require just one point from their trip to Malaga on Sunday.

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane heaped praise on Cristiano Ronaldo for his form after his side closed in on the Liga title.

Ronaldo's great rival Messi is Barcelona's all-time top scorer with 504 goals in all competitions, but the months he has spent injured have allowed his Portuguese foe to streak ahead in the charts.

Bale may have to watch the Champions League final from the subs bench in his hometown.

Ronaldo was starting his first La Liga game away from home for almost two months as in contrast to recent weeks, Zidane didn't rotate his starting XI.

Celta are rounding off their domestic season with nothing to play for following their deep run in the Europa League where only a missed last-second chance at the Old Trafford stood between them and a historic qualification to the final.

A big talking point arrived 40 minutes in when the ball popped up and hit Raphael Varane on the arm right on the edge of the penalty area, but the referee failed to spot it and instead booked Aspas for dissent.

"He has managed things very well", Ronaldo added on Zidane.

"I'm feeling well, everything will be decided this weekend and I'm doing well, scoring goals and helping the team".

284 - While Ronaldo scored 84 times in 196 Premier League appearances for United, his tally at Madrid is quite remarkable, having netted 284 goals in just 264 league matches.

However, Michel, who oversaw a surprise 2-0 win over Barca in April, has promised to treat the game like any other: "It's my Madrid but also my Malaga".

Daniel Wass was on target with a direct free kick, forcing Blancos keeper Keylor Navas to make a save.

"We scored early and then had 20 hard minutes", added Zidane.

"He is proving that he is firing on all cylinders as we enter the final throws of the season, just as the rest of the squad are".

  • Julie Sanders