At the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu against APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday night, Cristiano Ronaldo will make his Real Madrid return as Los Blancos open their Champions League campaign.
The Portuguese ruled the competition last season and played a key role in helping the LaLiga champions to become the first side to successfully defend their Champions League title.
In this season’s league games without their No.7, Real have struggled and the striker will be itching to hit the ground running, looking to be crowned the tournament’s leading goal scorer again this year.
Champions League goals are what Ronaldo prides himself on and with 105 to his name, there is nobody in the game’s history who has more.
It is not just the quantity of his goals that is impressive, but also their quality and importance; with two in last season’s final and other big goals at decisive moments, including 13 in semifinals and 20 in quarterfinals.
Furthermore, many of them have come towards the end of matches or even in extra-time.
A drought for Madrid
In his absence, Los Blancos have struggled and dropped points at home against both Levante and Valencia, and with Karim Benzema injured, their problems in front of goal need to be resolved swiftly.