After capping the year 2015 with a well worked 3 – 1 win over Real Sociedad, the Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez has heaped praise on star striker Cristiano Ronaldo who netted a brace in the clash.
Ronaldo did not have the best of starts in the match, missing a 23rd minute penalty but he kept his cool to slot home a second one a few minutes to the break to hand Real Madrid the lead and speaking after the game, his manager praised him for his leadership.
The unity shown by the players was also not missed by the manager as he spoke after the match
“I have congratulated him and the whole team because they were united in a situation that demanded they show character and personality.
“That is why I am praising Cristiano again because, despite missing the penalty, he assumed the responsibility again and put the team on his back to get the go-ahead goal.” He said.
The win saw Real Madrid rise temporarily above Barcelona on the La Liga standings but they will finish the year in third place behind the champions and rivals Atletico Madrid who are in second place.