Avid fans of La Liga will remember the acronym given to Barcelona's trio of Lionel Messi, David Villa and Pedro, known as MVP.
Madrid though, never to be outdone, now have a fearsome front three of their own, referred to by fans as 'BBC' - Benzema, Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The trio were frighteningly good yesterday, each scoring twice in a complete demolition of Schalke. And when the front three weren't scoring, they were helping out their fellow forwards, with each grabbing at least one assist.
The ease with which the away side were able to carve open their German opponents is food for thought for Jens Keller. His side have been astute defensively in the Bundesliga in recent weeks, but capitulated after conceding the first goal to Karim Benzema.
The aforementioned trio were all involved, with Ronaldo flicking Bale's pass into the path on Benzema, who fired low past Ralf Fahrmann in the Schalke net.
This wouldn't be the first time he would have to scoop the ball out the back of the net.
Eight minutes later, Benzema turned provider for Bale, who slalomed between two Schalke defenders before squeezing the ball in at the near post.
Desperate to keep pace with his strike partners, Ronaldo went in search of a goal of his own, and would have found one, was he not denied by the post.
After missing three matches through suspension, the Portuguese winger was intent on scoring but was denied twice by the legs of Fahrmann.
However Schalke couldn't keep him out forever and early in the second and half he scored. Ronaldo, one on one with Joel Matip, fooled the defender with a flurry of step-overs and smashed a left foot shot beyond the flailing 'keeper.
Clever combination play between Ronaldo and Benzema allowed the latter to round the keeper and score Madrid's fourth. Bale notched up his second of the night, latching onto Ramos's pass and curling his shot past the onrushing keeper to secure the fifth.
Madrid seems satisfied with their night's work, but Ronaldo was in search of a second. Persistent pressing from Benzema allowed them to pinch the ball from substitute Goretzka, and play in Ronaldo, who stepped past the keeper and completed the rout.
The home side offered very little throughout the match, but Los Blancos reject Klass-Jan Huntelaar had the last word, scoring the goal of the night as he volleyed Christian Fuchs cross high into Casillas' net.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was pleased with his side's efforts against Schalke: "I'm satisfied with everything because that was the perfect game. My players played with togetherness and they played well. Everything came off for us. The [front three] all scored and were great but they also had help from their team-mates. Our attacking trio are very dangerous."
With this comprehensive victory, Madrid have their intentions for La Decima clear. And at the moment, Madrid look very much like the team to beat.
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