Former 'Galactico' David Beckham has taken to Instagram to heap praise on Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo following the Portuguese's stunning hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final.
The striker scored all of his side's goals in the 3-0 first leg victory that has given Los Blancos a strong foothold in the tie ahead of next week's return match at the Vicente Calderon.
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For Ronaldo, Tuesday's heroics continues yet another fine season and saw him score back-to-back hat-tricks in the competition after he also bagged three goals in Madrid's 4-2 victory over Bayern Munich in April.
And as the 2016 Ballon d'Or winner receives praise from many in the game, a former Bernabeu favourite has taken to Instagram to offer his own words of tribute.
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Writing on his Instagram story, Beckham called Ronaldo a "big game player", along with a screenshot of the 31-year-old shooting at goal during the win over Atletico.
With his former team going on to secure a comfortable first leg victory, Beckham then commented on Real Madrid's own live post of Zinedine Zidane's press conference, where he again reserved special praise for Ronaldo, before then crediting the rest of the team and manager.
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He said: "Cristiano works hard and performs again... All round great performance by the team and Zizou's tactics perfect as always."
Special praise indeed, but like many of the Madrid players, Beckham also warned that the tie was not over and that his former employers should be wary of next week's second leg, despite Los Blancos heading into the match with a healthy 3-0 aggregate advantage.
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Later on in the press conference, the former England captain also commented: "Not over yet but a hell of a win this evening."