Despite having turned out for a number of Europe's truly elite teams, Ronaldo Nazario still holds Real Madrid close to his heart and hopes Zinedine Zidane's charges win the treble this term.
In a ceremony to mark 2016's Ballon d'Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Brazilian and other past greats came onto the pitch at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu prior to the 5-0 victory over Granada on Saturday.
"Madrid have to fight for all the titles, Zidane is managing the team well and has all his players motivated, I hope they win the treble," Ronaldo explained to BeIN Sports.
With both players having won the award on multiple occasions it was fitting for the pair to share the stage on Saturday yet it was the 40-year-old who appeared humbled by the Portuguese attacker's achievements.
"It is an honour to be able to share the Ballon d'Or with Cristiano Ronaldo," he added.
Across his spells with Barcelona, Inter, Real Madrid and AC Milan, Ronaldo was awarded the FIFA World Player of the Year gong on three occasions as well as two Ballon d'Ors, however he hopes that the former Manchester United star takes home a fifth.
"It's a very special moment and with his ambition he will certainly fight to win the fifth," concluded the ex-striker.
Zidane: Real Madrid are living our best period since I became coach
Not normally one to wax lyrical about his team's successes, Zinedine Zidane couldn't help but revel in the excellent state affairs of his Real Madrid side, which stretched its unbeaten run to 39 games courtesy a 5-0 dismantling of Granada.
The Frenchman thrust Isco into the starting line-up despite James Rodriguez's fine outing versus Sevilla, and the Andalusian duly repaid his coach's faith by opening the scoring in the 12th minute before bagging his brace less than 20 minutes later after Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema also got their names on the scoresheet.
The 4-0 half-time scoreline enabled the coach to rest the likes of Toni Kroos and give Fabio Coentrao his first appearance of the season in LaLiga, as Casemiro scored in the 58th minute to complete an easy morning's work for Los Blancos.
"This is our best period since I became a coach," Zidane enthused in his post-match press conference.
"It's important to win but it's also important to win in a certain way. All of us - the players, the coaching staff and the fans - are enjoying Real Madrid at the moment and that's what matters."
The match was preceded by a ceremony to allow Ronaldo to show off his fourth Ballon d'Or, with previous Madridista Ballon d'Or winners including honorary president Paco Gento, Ronaldo Nazario, Luis Figo, and Zidane himself paraded in front of the Bernabeu faithful.
"I'm very happy for Cristiano [Ronaldo]. Those of us standing next to him had one or two Ballon d'Ors at most, but he has four!" the Frenchman remarked.
Regarding the game itself, the 44-year-old noted his team's professionalism against an opponent who find themselves in a relegation scrap.
"We played very well and I'm happy to get another win. It's not easy to do what these players are doing," he stated.
"Everything becomes easier when you score first and early. Despite our lead, we worked hard until the final minute while respecting our opponent."
The French boss also reiterated his desire to see all members of the squad contribute to the team's successes.
"One or two players can make the difference, but we achieve things as a team. With so many games to play in a season, we will definitely rotate."
Griezmann ends drought that stretched back to October 2
If 2016 started like a whirlwind for Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, then it came to a close in less than perfect circumstances after he missed out on the Ballon d'Or and endured a three month long goal drought which was finally broken on Saturday against Eibar.
It was the first time the Frenchman had scored in LaLiga since October 2 although a goal against Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday ended a run of five consecutive matches without finding the back of the net.
Transfer rumours surrounding the player will gather pace throughout the January window, but the 25-year-old has already publicly dismissed a move to Arsenal and it appears as though he is again finding his focus after a dream season last term.
It has been a painful 765 minutes since Griezmann's last LaLiga goal against Valencia and the positive performance on Saturday could spark the Frenchman back to life.
Diego Simeone would certainly benefit from having a fully firing striker once the Champions League resumes later this season.
Simeone: At times Eibar were better than Atletico
Atletico Madrid return to the Spanish capital with all three points after a hard-fought victory over Eibar, who Diego Simeone claimed played better than Los Rojiblancos at times.
The Basque side had a number of first half chances and the Argentine coach admitted that his team struggled in the first half, but he was happy with the way they fought back to retake the initiative.
"At times in the first half our opponents were better than us," he said in his post-match press conference.
"Then in the second half we played again like we had at the beginning."
Saul Niguez scored just after the break, before Antoine Griezmann netted for the first time in 822 minutes.
Simeone was asked just how dependent Los Colchoneros are on the man who came third in Ballon d'Or voting.
"We do depend a lot on Griezmann's form to finish off the work of the team, as is also the case with Fernando [Torres] and [Kevin] Gameiro," he admitted.
"First, though, comes the group work, as we compete for every ball."
As well as that line of questioning, Simeone also gave his evaluation of the performance of Jose Maria Gimenez, who played out of position in centre midfield.
"He performed as expected, as it's not an easy position to play and even more so at a stadium like this," the Argentine explained.
"At half-time I told him that what was going on was normal."
The coach also explained the logic behind the half-time replacing of Sime Vrsaljko with Juanfran, claiming it wasn't to do with the defender's first-half performance.
"I saw that [Takashi] Inui was playing well and since Sime [Vrsaljko] was on a yellow card he could have collected a second yellow in a contested ball," reporters were told.
"So I didn't want to run the risk of losing a player."
The coach, though, refused to comment on whether he felt the Croatian right-back's handball should have been a penalty.
Next up for Atleti on Tuesday is the Copa del Rey second leg against Las Palmas, in which they hold a 2-0 advantage from the first match.
Rooney makes history by equalling Charlton's Manchester United goalscoring record
Against Reading in the FA Cup, Wayne Rooney made Manchester United history by equalling the club's goalscoring record, held by none other than Bobby Charlton.
At the end of a Juan Mata cross, the ex-Everton man used his knee to grab the ever-important cup goal.
Ronney achieves the feat in 543 matches spread across 13 seasons, whereas needed 17 campaigns and 758 games to score 249 for the Red Devils.
Next up for Rooney is Alan Shearer's Premier League goalscoring record of 260, well within reach.
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