Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to feature in the La Liga for Real Madrid this season, but the iconic striker uploaded a video on Instagram in which he showed no signs of rustiness, calmly beating two defenders before finishing past the keeper to notch a wonder goal.
Serving a five-game domestic ban for pushing the referee during Real’s Spanish Supercup win over Barcelona in August, Ronaldo is eligible to play for the Los Blancos in the UEFA Champions League and Apoel Nicosia have been warned by the tournament’s all-time top scorer.
Without Ronaldo, Madrid have begun their La Liga title defence with a stutter, drawing two of their three games but hopefully, the Portuguese can inspire them to a win in a competition they have won two years on the trot.
Madrid, 13-time winners of the UEFA Champions League, host APOEL on Tuesday night for their Group H Opener at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Alongside Tottenham Hotspur and Borussia Dortmund, the defending champions have been drawn in what most experts are calling the ‘Group of Death’ and Madrid are expected to beat past their opponents from Cyprus without much fuss.
Leading the line will be Ronaldo and the 32-year-old will be raring to go since he has missed Real’s last two games.
With 105 goals, Ronaldo is ahead of arch-rival Lionel Messi (96) in the all-time Champions League scoring charts but the superstar will be keen to add to his tally especially after the Argentine got a brace in Barcelona’s 3-0 win over Juventus on Tuesday night.