Ex-Real Madrid players Álvaro Arbeloa and Guti were among the football figures to heap praise on Cristiano Ronaldo after his hat-trick against Atlético Madrid.
Cristiano's treble at the Bernabéu on Tuesday left Real with one foot in the Champions League final after a 3-0 last-four first-leg win over their city rivals.
Arbeloa: "Bow down to the best player in the world: Cristiano"
"Bow down to the best player in the world: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro," wrote Arbeloa, who now plies his trade for West Ham, on Twitter after the match.
Ríndanse ante el mejor jugador del mundo: Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro. pic.twitter.com/SInNX2XJU3— Álvaro Arbeloa (@aarbeloa17) 2 de mayo de 2017
Meanwhile, current Real Under-19s coach Guti called for the striker's haul of four Ballons d'Or to increase to five (which would see him draw level with Leo Messi).
Balón de Oro Cristiano Ronaldo.— GUTI (@GUTY14HAZ) 2 de mayo de 2017