Gareth Bale may have scored his first hat-trick for Real Madrid in their 4-0 win over Valladolid, but the Welshman is still adamant that Cristiano Ronaldo is the top performer at Los Blancos, and in the world as a whole.
Real Madrid are three points behind Spanish La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid with a 4-0 rout of Real Valladolid, spurred on by Gareth Bale's hat-trick, while Atleti kept pace with Barça with a 2-0 victory at Elche.
Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with a slight thigh strain having opened the scoring and Gareth Bale was also on target as Real Madrid won 5-0 at Almeria, while a depleted Barcelona beat Granada 4-0 at the Camp Nou.
FIFA.com reviews a thrilling conclusion to European qualifying for Brazil 2014 headlined by Cristiano Ronaldo's scene-stealing hat-trick and France's dramatic comeback.
France are Brazil bound after a remarkable 3-0 win at the Stade de France, edging Ukraine 3-2 on aggregate, and coach Dider Deschamps credited "the magic of football" for Tuesday's miraculous comeback.
After being two goals down from the first-leg, France produced a stunning 3-0 win in Paris to beat Ukraine on aggregate and reach the FIFA World Cup finals, with Mamadou Sakho and Karim Benzema both scoring.