BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice Monday to help Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-0. then dedicated his goals to the memory of Portuguese great Eusebio.
Ronaldo said his league-leading 19th and 20th goals of the season "were for Eusebio," the former Portugal and Benfica star who died on Sunday at the age of 71.
"He was very close to me and helped me a lot," Ronaldo said. "He is a mythic figure, and for me today is a very sad day."
Ronaldo moved one goal ahead of Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa as the league's top scorer, getting goals in the 82nd minute and in stoppage time. The second goal came following a cross by substitute Gareth Bale, who returned from a three-week injury layoff.
Karim Benzema opened the scoring from close range in the 67th with his ninth league goal this season.
Madrid's win after the league's two-week winter break left it five points behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, who meet Saturday in the Spanish capital.