Zinedine Zidane described Cristiano Ronaldo as "amazing" and hailed the Real Madrid forward's continued motivation after he made more history with his double against Bayern Munich.
Ronaldo scored both of Real's goals in a fashion perfectly typical of his late-career self.
German football champions Bayern Munich face a serious discussion about the quality of their squad after their 1-2 defeat against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Wednesday.
Zidane could have a headache ahead of the second leg with Bayern after Isco staked his claim, with Lucas Vasquez also able to play in Bale's position.
Ronaldo's second-half goals allowed him to end a six-game scoring drought in the Champions League, and left Madrid on track to defend its European title. Captain Philipp Lahm called it game changer when Martinez was sent off. Bayern lost confidence and stability and was lucky as keeper Manuel Neuer was in top form to keep them in with a chance of progressing.
"We know that April is a hard month, a decisive one, and the team looks good". We need to score.
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Real capitalised on their numerical advantage and sealed the deal in the 77th minute when Ronaldo wrapped up his brace after slotting home Marco Asensio' s cross to become the first player who reached 100 goals in UEFA club competition. But Bayern were outplayed in the second- half and most of Real's 23 shots on goal came after the break. We must wait to see his evolution but tomorrow he will not play and on Tuesday we will see.
"I thought it was going to be a tough game before I went out onto the pitch and Bayern started the game really strong", he said.
Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo are obviously two different players, but they both share common traits, one of which is having an appetite for victory and glory and achieving feats many doubted. It is closing in on Bayern's European record of 61 consecutive games with at least a goal, from March 2013 to April 2014.
Barcelona hosts Real Sociedad on Saturday, its first match since losing 3-0 at Juventus in the Champions League this week.
With the second leg to come next week, Lewandowski feels he has recovered from a shoulder problem and should be fit to feature against Los Blancos.
Earlier in the day, Real Madrid will visit third-from-bottom Sporting, knowing they can heap further pressure on Barca by doubling their three-point lead. The return match against Bayern is on Tuesday.