Ronaldo cracked his 43rd La Liga goal in a 3-0 victory over Sevilla on Sunday to push Real Madrid one step closer to the ultimate prize.
Lionel Messi may be the best player in the world, but the gap remains close. Ronaldo proved that he can step up in the big game when he delivered a game-winning goal at the Nou Camp last Saturday in a decisive outcome that turned the La Liga table on the side of Real Madrid.
Ronaldo has been nothing short of spectacular this season. He hasn't been getting the recognition he deserves from the national landscape because of how great Messi has been, but his form hasn't really dipped in the past two seasons.
Messi has just been that good; he deserves the notoriety he receives. Ronaldo has been right there with him, scoring 43 league goals this year and 40 last season; he has scored 57 in all competitions.
Whether it's setting up teammates, delivering priceless free kicks or capitalizing on defensive mistakes, Ronaldo has finished the play in the final third more often than not.
It's not just the fact that he's scoring goals at a rapid pace, but it's the timeliness of those goals that has made him so special this year.
With the form Ronaldo is playing with, Real Madrid won't allow one to slip away at San Mamés against Athletic Bilbao on May 2 with the title on the line. That game might not even matter if Barcelona manages to lose to Rayo Vallecano in Vallecas.
Either way, this is Real Madrid's title to lose.
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