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Summary

  1. Real chasing 18th straight win to equal Barca's record
  2. Ronaldo converts penalty then adds fierce volley
  3. Sets La Liga hat-trick record with his third goal
  4. Treble also sees Portugal star reach 200 La Liga goals
  5. Celta have won at Barcelona this season

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That is pretty much it for tonight. Join us tomorrow for even more Euro action, that also includes live text coverage of the MLS final between LA Galaxy and New England Revolution. I'll leave you with an image of the man of the moment...

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Get involved

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    Al, Cambridge: For a direct goals comparison between Messi and Ronaldo it might be fairer to look at years in which they were both playing in the same league. That's where Messi is slightly ahead. But it's not just about goals is it? And they're both pretty fantastic in full flow!

  3. Get involved

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    George: People need to remember that Ronaldo came to La Liga at his peak whilst Messi started his career there.

  4. Post update

    With seemingly winnable games against Ludogorets and Almeria to come in the next week, you would expect Real Madrid to make it 20 straight wins before they head off to take part in the Club World Cup in Morocco later in December. It is of course still early days to be talking about further landmarks being reached (as Chelsea will testify) but you have to start wondering how many trophies this Real side can bag this season. And how many goals Ronaldo will end up with this campaign?

  5. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi
    Image caption: Ronaldo and Messi: 453 La Liga goals between them

    Will is absolutely right. Lionel Messi has 53 more goals than Ronaldo in La Liga but he has been playing in the league for five years longer, during which he has played 112 games more. This is not to say Ronaldo is better than Messi, I'm not daft enough to wade into that debate. Lets just be grateful that we get to experience an era in which both of them are playing.

  6. Get involved

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    Will Chambers: Ronaldo and Messi will always be compared, but it must be remembered that Ronaldo has not played as many games as Messi in La Liga.

  7. Real record

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    Real Madrid players celebrate
    Image caption: Real Madrid: 18 wins on the bounce

    So, with 18 straight wins, Carlo Ancelotti's side have now matched the Spanish record set by Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona team in the 2005/06 season, and will have their chance to create more history on Tuesday when they face Ludogorets Razgrad in their final Champions League group game.

  8. La Liga table

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    La Liga table
    Image caption: La Liga table

    The La Liga table shows Real Madrid now four points ahead of reigning champions Atletico Madrid and five ahead of third-placed Barcelona, who host Espanyol on Sunday.

  9. La Liga all-time top-scorers

    And here is the current top 10 all-time La Liga top-scorers...

    1. Lionel Messi (2004-Present) 253

    2. Telmo Zarra (1940-1955) 251

    3. Hugo Sanchez (1981-1994) 234

    4. Raul (1994-2010) 228

    5. Alfredo di Stefano (1953-1966) 227

    6. Cesar Rodriguez (1939-1955) 223

    7. Quini (1970-1987) 219

    8. Pahino (1943-1956) 210

    9. Cristiano Ronaldo (2009-Present) 200

    10. Edmundo Suarez (1939-1950) 195

  10. La Liga hat-trick standings

    Here is the list of all-time highest hat-trick scorers in La Liga...

    1. Cristiano Ronaldo 23

    2. Alfredo di Stefano 22

    2. Telmo Zarra 22

    4. Lionel Messi 20

  11. Ronaldo on the rampage

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    This was supposed to be about Real as a team. But instead we are again talking about their star man. He was clinical tonight, always in the right place and, once again, too hot for Celta to handle. He has now scored 200 La Liga goals in 178 games. He has 23 La Liga hat-tricks. Not bad son, not bad at all.

  12. FULL-TIME

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    An historic night at the Bernabeu, where Real Madrid have equalled the Spanish record of 18 straight wins in all competitions and Cristiano Ronaldo has broken the record for most hat-tricks in La Liga. They weren't at their best. They didn't need to be. They are four points clear the top of the table.

  13. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    The answer to that question is no. Nolito does not even beat the wall with his curling effort and Real clear.

  14. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    There are going to be three minutes of added time. Can Celta at least get a consolation from a Nolito free-kick from 25 yards?

  15. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    We are into injury time. This game is well and truly done and dusted. An air of contentment has descended upon the Bernabeu.

  16. Post update

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    Ronaldo

    Just to keep you abreast of further records Cristiano Ronaldo will inevitably break, he is now 28 goals shy of Raul's record tally of Real Madrid La Liga goals, which stands at 228. For the mathematicians amongst you, that means Ronaldo has brought up his double ton tonight. That deserves a raise of the bat.

  17. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    There will be no more goals for Ronaldo tonight. He comes off to a standing ovation to be replaced by Javier Hernandez.

  18. Stat attack

    Opta Jose: Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in his last 17 home league games (29 goals in total).

  19. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo

    In amongst all that record breaking, there were a couple of changes, one for each side. Fabio Coentrao entered the game and replaced Karim Benzema for Real and Santi Mina came on for Michael Krohn-Dehli.

  20. GOAL

    Real Madrid 3-0 Celta Vigo - Cristiano Ronaldo

    There it is! Cristiano Ronaldo is on hand to finish a cross from Marcelo at the back post. Another record for Ronaldo, who has now scored more hat-tricks than any other player in La Liga history. That is his 23rd. Yes, 23. It also means Real are now certain to equal the Spanish record for successive wins. All in a night's work for the (arguably) best team in the world.

  21. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Another yellow card, this time for Real's Alvaro Arbeloa for giving away a free-kick near the edge of his own box. Nolito takes it and he is not far away, putting his curling shot just a yard past the post. Iker Casillas was scrambling. He was worried.

  22. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale goes close for Real with a neat backward headed flick from a Toni Kroos free-kick. The effort is heading for the goal but is gathered by Sergio Alvarez before it can make it 3-0.

  23. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    And now Pedro Hernandez is booked for not retreating from a Real free-kick. That's cheap and totally unnecessary.

  24. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Daniel Carvajal gets stuck in to a Celta man and is given a yellow card. The Real fans aren't happy but it was a definite booking, Real's second of the match.

  25. Get involved

    DeathApeDisco: Stats don't lie, Ronaldo is lethal in a way Ronaldinho never was. Eto'o was better than Benzema is though!

    With Madrid aiming to equal the Spanish record of 18 straight wins set by Barca's 2005-2006 side, we're asking who you think would win in a match between both teams at the height of their powers.

  26. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Karim Benzema has not had much to feed on but when a chance does come his way he makes a bit of a hash of it. He looks to be away, with a Celta man for close company. He reaches the box and has a chance to shoot but chips the ball limply for the Celta keeper to save.

  27. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Ex-Barcelona youngster Sergi Gomez comes on to replace Cabral, who is being carried round the pitch on a stretcher.

  28. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    The assistants flag has just rescued Celta. Cristiano Ronaldo looked to be away with just the keeper to beat, but he is pulled up, much to his frustration and Celta's relief. Meanwhile, Gustavo Cabral is still getting treatment behind the Real goal.

  29. Post update

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Nolito is OK to continue, though, and takes the free-kick himself, which hits the wall and goes behind. The resulting corner is headed behind by a home man but now Gustavo Cabral after clashing with Sergio Ramos. He doesn't look in a good way.

  30. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

    Off goes Fabian Orellana and on comes Augusto Fernandez. They have a free-kick for a foul on Nolito, which ended with the striker smacking his head on to the shin of Pepe.

  31. GOAL

    Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo - Cristiano Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real double their lead and it is that man Ronaldo again. Toni Kroos driving run forward is briefly halted but the ball bounces up off the head of Gustavo Cabral and on to the boot of the Real forward. The result: a volleyed goal. That is 28 for the season, 11 against Celta in just short of six games. If he scored again tonight he will have more hat-tricks than any other player in La Liga history. Just another little record for him to break. Unbelievable.

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    With Madrid aiming to equal the Spanish record of 18 straight wins set by Barca's 2005-2006 side, we're asking who you think would win in a match between both teams at the height of their powers.

    Raj, London: It would be 5-5; both teams sensational going forward, nothing special in defence.

  33. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Gareth Bale is presented with a superb chance to put Real firmly in control as the home side break through Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward finds Pepe, who then passes to Bale in space at the far post, but he takes a touch and opts for power not placement and Sergio Alvarez is able to save his angled drive. He should have taken it first time. He should have scored.

  34. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Once again, a Real player gets in a superb tackle to deny Celta. this time it is Sergio Ramos diving in to deny Joaquin Larrivey a shot on goal and also deflect the ball off the striker to win a goal-kick. That is the kind of quality that helps you win 300 La Liga caps.

  35. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta play some nice stuff when they come forward, but their final ball is just lacking. Either that or Real manage to get a superb last ditch tackle in to deny them. It is very much the latter as Carvajal sticks a boot in to stop Nolito getting a route through to goal.

  36. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Gareth Bale has been a bit quiet tonight but he swings over a wicked ball from the left, which presents the Celta defence with a test, which they pass and clear. Soon after, the Welshman looks to get in behind the Celta defence but is flagged offside. Replays show he was probably level. Either way, his shot was wayward.

  37. SUBSTITUTION

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    James Rodriguez

    James Rodriguez rolls his fingers round each other in the universal signal of needing to be subbed and so he departs to be replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa. He will drop in at right back with Carvajal moving into midfield. It may make Real more solid, but at the expense of creative flair... not that they lack that from elsewhere, mind.

  38. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Karim Benzema

    Real's first chance of the half is presented to Cristiano Ronaldo in the box by a chipped forward pass from Karim Benzema. Just before the Portuguese pulls the trigger to fire his shot over the assistants flag rises for offside against him.

  39. Get involved

    With Madrid aiming to equal the Spanish record of 18 straight wins set by Barca's 2005-2006 side, we're asking who you think would win in a match between both teams at the height of their powers.

    Joe: Barcelona of 05-06. Ronaldinho was just too good then, he could win it on his own.

    Prakash Gurnani: It will have to be Barcelona. Simple reason, Ronaldinho got applauded by Madrid fans in the Bernabeu.

    Would Ronaldo outshine Ronaldinho? Would Eto'o outscore Benzema? And would Kroos outpass Xavi? Let us know by using #bbceurofooty on Twitter or by texting 81111.

  40. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta come forward again and Nolito makes his way into the box on the left before tumbling in the box under a challenge from Carvajal. It is not a penalty, though, and not even a corner as the ball came off the Celta man last.

  41. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Sloppy stuff from Real Madrid at the start of the second half and it almost costs them as a cross from the left finds Fabian Orellana in acres of space, but the Celta player steers his shot just past the far post. That is a let-off for Real.

  42. Stat attack

    Opta Jose: Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi attempted more passes than any other player in the first half - 34.

  43. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    The second half is under way. What have Celta Vigo got to throw a spanner in Real Madrid's record-equalling aspirations?

  44. Stat attack

    Opta Jose: Cristiano Ronaldo has scored six of Real Madrid's last seven league goals against Celta Vigo.

    He has also now scored 10 in five-and-a-half games against Celta and has scored in every La Liga game in the Bernabeu stretching back over a year.

  45. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Real Madrid players celebrate
    Image caption: Real Madrid players celebrate Cristiano Ronaldo's opening goal

    This is becoming a familiar sight - the Real Madrid players embrace in celebration at yet another Cristiano Ronaldo goal.

  46. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta Vigo players protest the awarding of a penalty for Real Madrid
    Image caption: Celta Vigo trail Real Madrid as a result of Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty

    Do you get the impression that Celta Vigo are a little bit annoyed at the awarding of that penalty?

  47. Get involved

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    Jared Maobe: I thought mediocre refereeing was a preserve of the Premier League, but it is even in Spain! That was a dive by Ronaldo, not a penalty.

  48. HALF-TIME

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Real are on course for a Spanish record-equalling 18 straight wins courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's controversial penalty, awarded for the slightest of nudges on the forward by Jonny Castro. Real have been the better side, but they have not been at their flowing best. Regardless, it is up to Celta to produce something now, otherwise this Real machine will march on into the record books.

  49. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Nolito swings the ball in but Toni Kroos is able to clear with a header. And that is your lot for the first 45 minutes.

  50. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    We are into first-half stoppage time and Celta have a chance to deliver a free-kick into the box during the one added minute...

  51. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Pressure is on Celta now to make something happen. Michael Krohn-Dehli's shot from the edge of the box is deflected behind but Nolito's corner is dealt with well by the home defence.

  52. Post update

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Tell you what, if Ronaldo's penalty was a harsh call on Celta, they could have had no complaints if one had just been given for a clear foul on Gareth Bale in the box. the Welshman was wrestled to the ground as Toni Kroos swung over a corner. Luckily for Celta the ref and his assistants didn't see it.

  53. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    It is almost 2-0 to the home side. Marcelo cuts past a man on the left byline and has time to fire a low cross across goal in the direction of Karim Benzema, but Jonny gets in there first to clear.

  54. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    James Rodriguez kicks out after being felled and picks up a yellow card. The Colombian then draws a good save out of Sergio Alvarez with a low shot from the edge of the box.

  55. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo

    Jonny was not the only man to pick up a booking during the Celta protests. Nolito was also carded. You can see their point as well, as Ronaldo made a lot of very minimum contact from Jonny to win the penalty. There were hands on his back, but enough to fell him? I doubt it.

  56. GOAL

    Real Madrid 1-0 Celta Vigo - Cristiano Ronaldo

    Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo makes no mistake from the spot, sending the keeper the wrong way and stroking the ball into the bottom left corner of the net. That is 27 for the season for the 29-year-old.

  57. PENALTY

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Here is the opening Real have been waiting for. Marcelo's pass into the box is aimed for Ronaldo, who gets ahead of Jonny before tumbling. It looks like his heels were clipped. Jonny is booked and Ronaldo will take the spot-kick...

  58. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    James Rodriguez was amongst the goals midweek in the Copa del Rey and he almost had himself another with a shot on the turn that is just too close to Sergio Alvarez. The keeper dives and saves.

  59. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta have survived 30 minutes. They've not offered much but they haven't been completely under the cosh either. Real need to move to ball quicker if they are to break down a well-drilled away side. Celta are just hoping to be able to spring that one decisive break.

  60. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Image caption: Ronaldo attempts a spectacular effort against Celta

    Ronaldo's spectacular bicycle kick is the closest we have come to a goal so far.

  61. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Ronaldo almost makes Celta pay for being so picky with a low shot from just inside the box that is heading for the bottom corner until Sergio Alvarez gets down to save.

  62. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta enjoy their longest period of possession of the game so far. They have a couple of chances to shoot from the edge of the box but they spurn each in favour of seeking out a better opening that never comes. Pull the trigger lads, you won't score otherwise.

  63. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Gareth Bale wins the battle to take the first free-kick but wastes it by driving it way over the bar. I suspect Cristiano will be taking the next one.

  64. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Real pose a serious threat from corners. Toni Kroos swings over another wicked delivery, which is met by Sergio Ramos with a header that goes just over the bar. Celta survive again.

  65. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta have done OK in the first 20 minutes here. They haven't conceded and have looked to be positive in the rare moments they have had in the Real half. Nolito looks to create something for the away side but he cannot steer his pass from the left anywhere but behind for a goal-kick.

  66. Get involved

    #bbceurofooty

    James Browning: Barcelona without a doubt, Ronaldinho, Eto'o, Puyol etc were incredible!

    With Madrid aiming to equal the Spanish record of 18 straight wins set by Barca's 2005-2006 side, we're asking who you think would win in a match between both teams at the height of their powers. Tweet #bbceurofooty or text 81111.

  67. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Superb effort from Cristiano Ronaldo. It is almost a stunning goal as the Portuguese rises to connect with a bicycle kick on the edge of the box and send the ball just a yard over the bar. It was Rooney against Manchester City-esque, but without the true connection.

  68. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta come forward again, and in numbers as well. A smart passing move ends with Pedro Hernandez chipping a pass just a touch to heavily over the top and behind.

  69. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Celta have their first real venture into enemy territory but Michael Krohn-Dehli is crowded out 25 yards from goal. And we are immediately back to Real in possession, probing for an opening.

  70. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    A superb tackle from Jonny Castro denies Cristiano Ronaldo what would surely have been a goal. A quick counter-attack releases James Rodriguez and his cross looks to have teed up Ronaldo for a shot on goal before Jonny's sliding intervention denies him. Take a bow son.

  71. YELLOW CARD

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Gustavo Cabral goes into the book for a sliding tackle on James Rodriguez, which leaves the Colombian on the turf. Real then force a couple of corners but the away defence holds firm to clear a couple of probing crosses.

  72. CLOSE!

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Unsurprisingly, Real are bossing possession. They attack again down the right and Carvajal digs out a cross for Ronaldo, which is intercepted by a Celta head. The resulting corner is headed down by Ronaldo and saved by Sergio Alvarez, giving Sergio Ramos a clear sight of goal but somehow he slices his shot wide. Real should be ahead.

  73. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo again look to combine but the former's low cross is cut out by the diving Sergio Alvarez at the feet of Ronaldo. Real are slowly building up a head of steam.

  74. Get involved

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    Stuie Neale: I would say this current Real team would beat 05-06 Barcelona.

    Would Ronaldo outshine Ronaldinho? Would Eto'o outscore Benzema? And would Kroos outpass Xavi? Let us know by using #bbceurofooty on Twitter or by texting 81111.

  75. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    And there is our first real sight of Cristiano Ronaldo, who cuts the byline on the right and chips over a cross, which is just too heavy for Gareth Bale to reach a boot out for and steer towards goal.

  76. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale is into the action early on, breezing past a challenge before digging out a cross, which flies across the box and out for a throw on the far side.

  77. Post update

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    Going back to our Twitter question, I'm torn over who would win between this Real side and the Barca one from 2005/06. I'm tempted to think Barca would edge it by virtue of having a stronger defence. It'd be a close thing, though. It'd be like the Mega Powers explode at Wrestlemania V.

  78. KICK-OFF

    Real Madrid 0-0 Celta Vigo

    The home side get the match under way. Game on.

  79. Check mate

    Magnus Carlsen
    Image caption: Real Madrid fan Magnus Carlsen won his second successive world chess title last month

    Here is something a bit different... Magnus Carlsen, who was crowned world chess champion for the second year in a row last month, is just conducting an honorary kick-off ahead of today's game. The Norwegian is a huge Madrid supporter, and this is his second time performing the act, having also done it last year ahead of the La Liga game against Valladolid. Carlsen must feel like a king right now. Or at the very least a rook.

    Sorry.

  80. Post update

    The teams are on the way out at the Bernabeu. We are going to have a whole game of football on our hands very soon. Can Real match the Spanish record for successive wins? We are about to find out...

  81. Get involved

    #bbceurofooty

    Ibrahim Urooj S: Real Madrid would win against that Barca side, hands down with daggers on both flanks and a reliable bench. There's not a single weakling on this team.

    With Madrid aiming to equal the Spanish record of 18 straight wins set by Barca's 2005-2006 side, we're asking who you think would win in a match between both teams at the height of their powers. Tweet #bbceurofooty or text 81111.

  82. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    OptaJose: Celta have failed to score in 3 successive La Liga games; the last time they went 4 or more without a goal was in 1995 (5). Drought.

  83. Hope for Celta?

    Joaquin Larrivey celebrates his goal at the Nou Camp
    Image caption: Joaquin Larrivey (left) scored one of his seven goals this season to help Celta Vigo win at Barcelona

    It all looks pretty ominous for Celta Vigo. But Eduardo Berizzo's side do have some cause for optimism (a tiny, slim cause), not least of all their impressive away record in La Liga this season. They have only been beaten once in six away games - this includes a 1-0 win against Barcelona in the Nou Camp and a 2-2 draw at reigning champions Atletico Madrid.

  84. Marca on Madrid

    Marca back page
    Image caption: Saturday's Marca back page

    Unsurprisingly, Real appear keen to retain the services of the man who has masterminded their recent success, Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti. According to Spanish paper Marca, the club has offered Ancelotti and an improved one-year extension to his current deal. The paper also reports that Los Blancos are closing in on the signing of 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Silva from Cruzeiro. He will join up at Real with 18-year-old Marco Asensio, who joined from Real Mallorca this week. The present is taken care of, time for Real to look to the future.

  85. Celta Vigo's nemesis

    Cristiano Ronaldo
    Image caption: Ronaldo: Loves a goal against Celta Vigo

    It wouldn't be a Real Madrid text commentary without making special mention of that Cristiano Ronaldo fella. You know the one; scores goals, wins trophies, flexes his thighs for the cameras. As I've already mentioned, the Portuguese forward has bagged 28 goals in 22 games in all competitions this season. He has also scored in every game at the Bernabeu in La Liga stretching back over a year.

    Clearly he is prolific against every team but he is particularly ruthless against Celta Vigo, who have faced him five times, failed to prevent him scoring in any of them and conceded nine in total from the 29-year-old. Last season, in this fixture, Ronaldo scored twice in a 3-0 Real win.

  86. Ramos' milestone

    Sergio Ramos
    Image caption: Ramos: 300 not out in La Liga

    One comparison between the Real side of now and the Barca side of 2005/06 is the presence of a stalwart at the back. Barca had Puyol, Real have Sergio Ramos, who tonight will make his 300th La Liga appearance for the European champions.

  87. LINE-UPS

    Celta Vigo starting XI

    And here is the Celta Vigo side, which also sees a host of first-team players return to the line-up (nine in fact) following the shock 2-1 defeat to Las Palmas in the Copa del Rey...

    Celta Vigo: Sergio, Mallo, Cabral, Fontas, Jonny, Radoja, Hernandez, Krohn-Dehli, Orellana, Nolito, Larrivey.

  88. LINE-UPS

    Real Madrid starting XI

    Having rested a number of players for their Copa del Rey triumph over Cornella on Tuesday, Real bring back their big guns for tonight's game. Try to pick the weak spots in this line-up...

    Real Madrid: Casillas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Illarramendi, Rodriguez, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.

  89. Join the debate at #bbceurofooty

    If you want to get involved in the chatter surrounding this game then why not take to Twitter and do just that using the hashtag #bbceurofooty. You can also text us on 81111. So yeah, get stuck in. Do it. Do it now.

    To kick things off, try chewing this over: who would win in a game between this Real Madrid side and the Barca side of 2005/06, who won 18 successive games?

  90. Reasons to keep it Real

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema
    Image caption: Ronaldo, Bale, Rodriguez, Benzema: Just four of the reasons why Real Madrid are favourites to win this evening

    In order to make it 18 straight victories, the European champions need to overcome Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu this evening. They are overwhelming favourites to do just that, as you may have gathered from the lyrical I waxed about them in my opening post. Just in case you are unconvinced, though, allow me to offer up some further reasons: Cristiano Ronaldo (28 goals in 22 games this season), Gareth Bale (9 in 21), Karim Benzema (13 in 20), James Rodriguez (10 in 23). I could go on...

  91. Matching Barca

    Carlo Ancelotti
    Image caption: Ancelotti has raised a few eyebrows by leading Real to 17 straight wins this season

    If Real win tonight, their 18th victory on the bounce will match the Spanish record set by Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona, who won 18 games in a row between October 22, 2005 and January 26, 2006. As if the incentive wasn't big enough already, they also have the chance to stick it to old rivals Barca tonight.

  92. The Real deal

    Real Madrid players embrace after scoring against Cornella
    Image caption: Real Madrid players embrace after Jese Rodriguez's goal against Cornella on Tuesday

    As the amphibian Tiny Tim sang in Muppets Christmas Carol, 'tis the season to be jolly and joyous. This is especially the case of you are a Real Madrid fan. They have 17 successive wins in all competitions (a new club record), with an average of nearly four goals a game, they're top of the league, top of their Champions League group and cruising through the Copa del Rey with their reserves. Things are so good, they can even send on player who has been out injured for nine months and he scores within 20 minutes. Yep, it's promising to be a very merry Christmas for Real Madrid.