Ronaldo scored four goals against Elche on Tuesday, adding to the hat-trick he bagged at the weekend against Deportivo La Coruna, to put him level with the former Santiago Bernabeu forward on 186 goals in La Liga.
Santillana holds no grudges over being eliminated from the list of the top 10 goalscorers in Spain’s top flight and, contrastingly, thinks the Portuguese forward is continuously improving despite already being the best player on the planet.
“Ronaldo will go on to break all of the records,” the 62-year-old told AS. “He is on another world compared to others. He’s a beast.
“He’s an amazing player and hopefully his contribution wins Real Madrid many trophies.
“Since he arrived we have known he’s been excellent in the air. But lately, physically, I see he’s improved even more in that respect. He’s improved his technique.
“He’s becoming an expert at everything, so that he is the most complete player ever.”
Ronaldo and his Real Madrid cohorts will be travelling to Villarreal on Saturday as they continue to chase La Liga’s early leaders Barcelona, who failed to win for the first time in 2014-15 on Wednesday at Malaga.