Another Madrid derby and more heartbreak for Atletico as Cristiano Ronaldo’s hat-trick ensured Real claimed the spoils in the last ever La Liga clash between the Spanish capital’s giants at the Vicente Calderon.
In the first meeting of the sides since Real edged the Champions League final on penalties in May, luck shone on Los Blancos once more as Ronaldo’s first-half free-kick took a wicked deflection off the Atletico wall to leave the excellent Jan Oblak stranded.
Oblak had kept Atletico in the game with brilliant saves from Ronaldo and Isco.
The hosts briefly threatened through Yannick Carrasco and Antoine Griezmann at the start of the second-half.
Yet, Ronaldo put the game to bed from the penalty spot 19 minutes from time after he had been hauled down inside the area by Stefan Savic.
Ronaldo then sealed his hat-trick with a tap in thanks to a wonderful run and cross by Gareth Bale left the Portuguese with the simplest of tasks.