Reports of Cristiano Ronaldo's demise as arguably the world's best player proved to be greatly exaggerated after his match-winning performance against Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday evening.
Talk before the game firmly centred around PSG and Neymar looking to usurp Real Madrid and Ronaldo's position as the world's best.
It was clearly the Parisian's goal when they shattered the world record fee to sign the Brazilian from Barcelona last summer - a statement signing that required the ultimate statement of European success to go with it.
Neymar, similarly, saw PSG as his opportunity to take over Ronaldo's mantle and win the Ballon d'Or, but he too needs major success to back up his dream.
And so Real Madrid, winners of the last two Champions League titles, and Ronaldo, winner of the last two Ballon d'Or's were the perfect opponents for both player and club to assert themselves.
Only that didn't quite work out - Real Madrid ran out 3-1 winners thanks to two goals from their Portuguese legend as he continued to show that the Champions League is his competition.
Ronaldo has struggled in the league this season but, much like last year, he has dominated in Europe, racking up eleven goals in his seven games and scoring in every one.
But it's his latest that has the Spanish press talking, or, rather, what he did afterwards.
After celebrating, Ronaldo turned to the crowd and begun to make strange hand gestures towards someone.
And according to Marca, it may have been about money.
"The superstar raised his hand to his mouth whilst rubbing his fingers together, as if he was indicating money," they speculate.
And it would make sense.
Ronaldo has been relatively open about his desire to get a new contract with a large pay rise, believing that, as the reigning Ballon d'Or holder, he should have at least parity with the likes of Neymar and Lionel Messi.
Real are understandably hesitant to hand a huge deal to a 32-year-old who has struggled domestically this season - especially with constant reports swirling that they are planning a ruthless overhaul of their attack in the summer.
Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Mohamed Salah, and even Neymar have been linked with a move to Madrid to take the place of the misfiring 'BBC' of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale, and Ronaldo.
But, as he showed yet again in the Champions League, Ronaldo is still the man to beat - and they'll never find another like him.
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