Ronaldo: Real Madrid Want Third Champions League Title In A Row

But the Portuguese superstar scored twice on his return - taking his Champions League career goals tally to a record 107 - and Sergio Ramos added a spectacular overhead kick.

Madrid's luck turned moments later when Roberto Lago was very harshly penalised for handball from Bale's deflected cross and Ronaldo smashed home the resulting penalty.

Real Madrid is now the betting favourite to lift the trophy, followed by PSG, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Remember - we had to reduce gap to the top-four sides, now we're fighting again to reduce the gap with these type of clubs in the Champions League.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that English sides do not perform well in the Champions League because they place more emphasis on domestic fixtures.

Over the course of the past two seasons alone, Luka Modric has won consecutive Champions League titles with Real Madrid, and during the 2017/2018 campaign was key to the club securing a first league and European Cup double since 1958.

Reigning Ballon d'Or victor Ronaldo scored twice as two-time defending champions Madrid eased past the Cypriot visitors and Ronaldo and Real Madrid have set their sights on a third successive Champions League crown following the win.

"He's the soul of the team, he's fundamental for us and he's in better shape than ever".

The trip to Anoeta therefore assumes even greater importance, especially with Barcelona having won their three Liga matches so far.

"He's the best in the world", Real manager Zidane said about Ronaldo. He always wants to win and he transmits that to the rest.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane refused to confirm the rumour, but the Frenchman laughed as he told Spanish reporters Asensio "has a pimple on his leg which means he can not lift his sock". Lionel Messi is six shy of being the second player to reach the century mark in Champions League play.

According to Sportsbook Review, Real Madrid are -2500 favorites in this match to open the groups stage.

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