Carvajal: Ronaldo proved he's the best

The right-back says his Real Madrid team-mate’s five-goal haul against Espanyol demonstrated once again that he is the game’s finest player

Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal says Cristiano Ronaldo again proved that he is the best footballer in the world by bagging five goals in the 6-0 victory over Espanyol.

The 30-year-old Portugal international had failed to score in his first two Liga games of the season but responded with an incredible individual display in Catalunya, leaving his team-mate in doubt as to who is the greatest player on the planet.

Carvajal said: “Everyone who plays football knows that it isn’t easy to score five goals. This is the best league in the world and Cristiano again proved he is the best player in the world.”

The right-back also discussed his rapport with Gareth Bale down Madrid’s right hand side, adding: “Whether I play with Bale, Isco or James [Rodriguez], the understanding is important.

“I’m in my third season playing with Gareth now and we understand each other perfectly.”

Carvajal’s Madrid future appeared to be under threat after Madrid bought Danilo from Porto this summer, only for the Brazilian to suffer a foot injury while on international duty last week.

His absence has handed the former Bayer Leverkusen man an opportunity for a run of games in the side, though he insists he feels sorry for his rival.

“Unfortunately a team-mate is injured, but the coach knows I’ve worked hard in training and now I have a chance to play and make the best of the situation,” Carvajal stated.

Rafa Benitez’s side begin their Champions League campaign this week when they host Shakhtar Donetsk on Tuesday and Carvajal admits European glory is again high on their list of priorities this term.

“The Champions League is the most important club level competition. We are not required to win, but to play a role in it and obtain the title.

“We hope to play well and get the three points for our fans.”

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