Big things were expected from Los Blancos fans as the Liga BBVA season kicked off this month. Nine points were picked up from their three games played, as they beat Real Betis, Granada and Athletic Bilbao to earn maximum points. These were the only competitive games played this month, and after a great pre-season, in which they lost just one game, they carried their form over.
Liga BBVA - Real Madrid VS Real Betis - Santiago Bernabéu
: Cristiano Ronaldo, 10.0
Having failed to register new signing Lars Bender in time for this match, Xabi Alonso played his first game since being given the vice-captain role at the club. After just seven minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid into the lead after a lovely one-two with new signing Isco, brought in by Carlo Ancelotti. The Spaniard played a delightful through ball to the Portuguese winger, who finished the move with a perfectly placed shot which evaded the outstretched hand of the goalkeeper, and curled into the bottom corner. Ronaldo grabbed his second goal ten minutes later, after he was played through by Croatian playmaker Luka Modrić. Ronaldo controlled it in the penalty area, before beating two players with skill and tapping it past the oncoming keeper.
He won the match for them with a 25 yard free-kick in the 25th minute, which whistled into the top corner of the net to earn the world class winger his hat-trick But it wasn't over. Ronaldo scored his 4th goal before the first half was over, after another great link up with Isco. He received the ball from him before taking on a player on the edge of the area, running into the box, and firing through the legs of a defender, leaving the keeper unsighted.
Both teams fans were crying out for more goals, but it was Betis who needed them. However, it was Real Madrid that got the final goal of the game, and who else could have finished the scoring, other than Ronaldo? Another assist from Isco, bringing his debut to a satisfying end, having set up four of the five goals. He played a short pass to Ronaldo, who took the ball into the box, and bent a ferocious shot past the keeper. A fantastic way for Ruud van Nistelrooy to get his managerial career underway. Attendance: 77,011.
Liga BBVA - Granada VS Real Madrid - Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes
: Cristiano Ronaldo, 8.70
After demolishing Real Betis in their previous fixture, Real Madrid faced their first away game of the season, against Granada. However, a goalless first half kept the travelling fans quiet, as the two teams headed in at 0-0. But after half time, Real Madrid showed everyone why they were title favourites, with Ronaldo scoring his 6th goal in just two games. A free-kick from a tight angle somehow found its way in at the near post. It was a fantastic goal from the Portugal captain, and was nominated for the Goal of the Week, eventually finishing 3rd. With five minutes to go until full time, Ronaldo took another free-kick. This time, he went short, passing to Ángel di María, who unleashed a fierce drive at goal. It struck the post, but substitute Jesé, fresh from successful contract talks, doubled the lead after tapping in the rebound. Attendance: 23,000.
Liga BBVA - Real Madrid VS Athletic Bilbao - Santiago Bernabéu
: Cristiano Ronaldo, 7.50
Another match that Real Madrid dominated, and once again, Ronaldo produced the goods, scoring the only goal of the game just before twenty minutes had passed. Xabi Alonso played a perfect ball into the penalty area, which Ronaldo controlled nicely, before he fired the ball at the near post. The Bilbao goalkeeper got a hand to it, but the shot was too powerful for the Basque goalkeeper. A good win for Real Madrid, and it ensured that Casillas had not conceded so far in the first three league games. Attendance: 80,354.