Instead Ronaldo presented the spot-kick to Benzema, who rounded off the scoring. "I'm very happy with Ronaldo's gesture. This is a team game and it was a wonderful gesture. Karim played very well and he deserved to score as he contributed so much in our build-up play," Zidane told a news conference. "Benzema plays under a lot of pressure but he handles it very well, and I'm delighted with how he played and that he scored. You should always count on Benzema and in the biggest games he always demonstrated what a great player he is." Benzema had snapped a run of nearly three months without a league goal by scoring against Real Betis last weekend and although he squandered a couple of chances he was one of Real's best performers in what was a fifth consecutive win in all competition for Zidane's side.
Ronaldo decided to let Karim Benzema take a penalty, despite him needing one goal for his hat-trick.Not such a bad guy after all... pic.twitter.com/96AdyvwZx9 — Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) February 24, 2018
"Cristiano showed true team spirit with Karim, who really deserved a goal. I'm delighted for Karim because he's a phenomenal player," added Real winger Lucas Vazquez. Five-time world player of the year Ronaldo has not always had a reputation for humility but goalkeeper Keylor Navas said the Portuguese's treatment of Benzema was befitting of his character. "None of us were surprised by Cristiano's gesture because we know what type of person he is," Navas said. "At times like this everyone needs the support of the group and Cristiano has shown everyone what we are like in the dressing room."
Cristiano Ronaldo let Karim Benzema take a late penalty today—denying him the chance to score his 50th career hat trick pic.twitter.com/ZQkU1739BA— B/R Football (@brfootball) February 24, 2018