Isco has claimed that he is “not going to speak to Cristiano Ronaldo again” after seeing his Real Madrid team-mate net a hat-trick for Portugal against Spain at World Cup 2018.
An Iberian derby on Russia soil was expected to produce fireworks, and it did not disappoint as a topsy-turvy encounter swung one way and then the other – with a familiar figure having the final word.
Ronaldo proved to be a thorn in the side of a number of club colleagues as he recorded the 51st treble of his remarkable career, with a stunning late free-kick bagging him the match ball.
Spain were fully aware of the threat posed by a five-time Ballon d’Or winner but they were still unable to contain him, much to the disappointment of Isco.
A man who has won a number of major honours alongside Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu joked to Cadena SER when asked about the exploits of his close friend who is now a fierce rival: “Don't talk to me about Cristiano!
“I'm not going to speak to him again after what he did the other day.
“He doesn't have a high strike rate [from free-kicks], but when he has his day… his first two goals gave him confidence and got him looking for his hat trick.”
Having been held in their opening encounter, much-fancied Spain have plenty to do in order to reach the knockout stage.
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