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Cristiano Ronaldo has had a strange season but was back to his best in Tuesday night's impressive Champions League win over Wolfsburg, according to Guillem Balague.

Ronaldo has had an indifferent campaign, but was at his destructive peak at the Bernabeu, netting a hat-trick to bring Real Madrid back from the brink and into the semi-finals of the Champions League.

Speaking to Sky Sports News HQ, Spanish expert Balague cited Ronaldo's leadership qualities as a particular plus-point in Tuesday's performance.

"Cristiano Ronaldo has had a very strange season," he said. "Out of those goals that he's scored, 14 of them came against Malmo and Espanyol. We were looking at the stats almost weekly, thinking 'When is he going to appear in the big games?'

"Then all of a sudden he did, against Roma he scored one goal in each of the last-16 games, against Wolfsburg when he was absolutely needed, [he scored] a hat-trick. Not just that, there was a leadership quality in everything he did and everyone followed him.

Ronaldo glances a header into the back of the net to make it 2-0 on Tuesday night

Ronaldo glances a header into the back of the net to make it 2-0 on Tuesday night

"That's the Cristiano Ronaldo we want to see. He admitted he's had a poorer season than usual because of physical problems, which he says he's shaken off now."

Real Madrid were 2-0 down after the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final, but Ronaldo's 46th goal in 42 matches this season completed the comeback.

After Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League hat-trick, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane called the Portuguese the best player in the world

After Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League hat-trick, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane called the Portuguese the best player in the world

In Tuesday's other European fixture, Manchester City overcame Paris Saint-Germain to reach the last four for the first time in their history.

Kevin De Bruyne scored the only goal of the game to book City's place, a triumph Balague says is popular within the world of football.

Guillem Balague has heaped praise on Manuel Pellegrini

Guillem Balague has heaped praise on Manuel Pellegrini

"Everyone is celebrating the fact that Manchester City have got to the next round because it's fresh air, and there's a lot of like towards Pellegrini," he said.

"I'm surprised he hasn't been mentioned for big jobs when they've been available in Europe because he has done a great job at Manchester City. It's been difficult ever since everyone knew that Pep Guardiola was going to go to the team, players were affected, but Pellegrini kept going his way and they're in the semi-finals now."

Here's a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo set-alight La Liga on his arrival at Real Madrid.

Here's a look at how Cristiano Ronaldo set-alight La Liga on his arrival at Real Madrid.

welve months on from his PFA Player of the Year win, we look at how Eden Hazard's form in 2015/16 has taken him completely out of the running for the prize this time around...

The PFA Player of the Year nominees have been announced but picking a winner won't be easy. Dimitri Payet, Harry Kane, Mesut Ozil and Leicester City trio Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez have all had impressive seasons.

However, 12 months ago, the best player in the Premier League wasn't up for debate.

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