Breaking bets: Ronaldo tipped to torment Sevilla further

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been backed to pile further misery on Sevilla after his brace saw Real Madrid lift the Super Cup with a 2-0 win over the Europa League winners.

Ronaldo has now hit 18 career goals against Los Rojiblancos and Ladbrokes think the Portuguese ace will pop up to ruin Sevilla’s day again when the sides meet during the course of the Spanish season.

Following Ronaldo’s double, which included a well-taken volley from a Gareth Bale cross and a vicious second half left footer, the bookies have priced up a hat-trick against Sevilla at any point during the season at a tempting 9/2.

The formidable goalscorer bagged five hat-tricks for club and country last season, including a trio of goals in a 7-3 rout of Sevilla in La Liga.

In fact Ronaldo has perhaps looked at his most deadly against Sevilla over the years, netting a hat-trick against the Andalusians in each of the last four seasons.

CR7 even bagged four in one game back in 2010-11 and has only failed to find the back of the net twice in nine meetings with Unai Emery’s men.

Such numbers have helped the 29-year-old to favouritism to top score in La Liga this term, with the former Manchester United and Sporting Lisbon man priced at 5/6.

Lionel Messi is the only other contender as far as the betting is concerned, with the Barcelona man available at 11/8 and Luis Suarez a distant third at 10/1.

The Super Cup may be little more than the world’s highest profile club friendly but Real showed enough over the 90 minutes to justify their billing as La Liga favourites for the season ahead.

Carlo Ancelotti fielded the most expensive starting XI in football history in Cardiff and with the likes of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez added to a squad boasting Ronaldo, Bale, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria is clear to see why Los Blancos are the 5/6 jolly to snatch the La Liga crown back from neighbours Atletico.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.