Ronaldo scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid as Los Blancos put six goals past nine-man Malaga to delay Barcelona's coronation as La Liga champions until at least the weekend.
Raul Albiol headed Real ahead inside three minutes, but Roque Santa Cruz tapped in a leveller. Malaga defender Sergio Sanchez was sent off for a professional foul on Ronaldo, who missed the resulting penalty.
But Ronaldo atoned with a goal from an indirect free-kick in the box to re-establish Real's lead, before Mesut Ozil made it 3-1.
Full-back Vitorino Antunes scored a superb second for Malaga, but Karim Benzema walked in Real's fourth before half time.
Luka Modric struck a fifth before Martin Demichelis was shown a second yellow card, reducing Malaga to nine men before Angel Di Maria put the gloss on a fine win late on.
Jose Mourinho went into this game under speculation that he could be the next Manchester United manager, following the sensational departure of Sir Alex Ferguson earlier in the day.
But with Malaga visiting the Bernabeu, Mourinho’s only thoughts were on getting a victory that would deny Barcelona their 22nd Liga title. At least for a few more days.
And they gave themselves the perfect start, with Albiol heading in from Luka Modric’s corner inside three minutes.
But Malaga steadied the ship and levelled after 15 minutes when Santa Cruz tapped in after Lugano flicked on Isco’s near post corner.
With Malaga rallying, Real Madrid were awarded a penalty and Malaga right-back Sanchez was shown a straight red card, after he obstructed Ronaldo in a clear goal-scoring position. But Ronaldo couldn’t take full advantage from the spot, with Willy Cabellero saving Ronaldo’s tame spot kick with his legs.
But Ronaldo was not to be denied his landmark goal, and it came in bizarre circumstances. Camacho was harshly adjudged to have passed back to goalkeeper. And Ronaldo scored from the indirect free-kick, after Xabi Alonso had laid it off to him.
Ozil added to Real’s lead when he was sent through, and cut inside the last defender and drilled a low effort in from 12 yards.
Ten-man Malaga showed their character by closing the deficit to two goals in emphatic style, with Antunes shifting the ball onto his right foot and sending a delightful curling effort over Diego Lopez and into the top corner.
However, Real’s two-goal advantage was restored on the stroke of half time, when Ronaldo and Benzema beat the offside trap. Ronaldo squared to Benzema, who virtually walked the ball into the net.
The craziness of the first half subsided and the second was a more placid affair, but still one that contained another goal and red card.
The goal came first, with Modric beating Carlos Kameni, Malaga’s replacement goalkeeper for the injured Caballero, from 20 yards with a low drive that ricocheted off both posts before rolling in.
Malaga’s evening of anguish was complete when Demichelis was shown a second yellow card for a wild lunge on Ronaldo, although replays showed no contact on the Portuguese.
Real, who had used all their substitutes by the 76th minute when Mourinho handed 19-year-old Fabinho his Real debut, were forced to end the game with ten men as Ozil was stretchered off with an ankle injury.
Real could have reached double figures in the end but they had to settle for six, with Di Maria bending in the sixth from the edge of the box in injury time.
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