"I am an ambitious player with only one objective: victory for my team"
Cristiano Ronaldo's words ahead of a Madrid derby which may prove as decisive as the last one in which Ronaldo scored a hat-trick nearly two years ago.
However, April 2012 must have seemed a lifetime ago for Ronaldo and Real Madrid given the difficulty with which they had in getting a draw in Sunday's electric atmosphere at the Vicente Calderon.
The Caledron's intimidating and engulfing atmosphere would overwhelm even the most players accomplished players having the season of their lives - a case in point being the contrast between Diego Costa and Ronaldo's overall impact on Sunday night's derby.
Ronaldo delivered when his team needed him to whilst Costa struggled to sufficiently shrug off the attentions of Sergio Ramos and deliver a match-winning performance.
On the other hand Ronaldo did what he seems to do best: score when his team needs him to.
The most explicit example of this being his quadruple to send Portugal to this year's World Cup finals in Brazil. And Sunday proved no different. Ronaldo knew that he had to score to keep Real Madrid ahead in what is turning out to be one of the most contested La Liga titles in the last 10 years.
As Ronaldo's career progresses it seems as though he thrives under pressure and the more there is the better he does - and if his recent temperament does not impress you his tally of 45 goals this season might.
What impresses me about Ronaldo is his single-minded determination which have garnered him an impressive 61 goals in the Champions League, making him only the third player to have scored over 60 goals in the competition. His competition Messi with 66 goals and Real Madrid legend Raul with 71.
Given Ronaldo's objective and his team's current form one can safely bet that he will surpass Raul's record and cement himself as Real Madrid's highest goalscorer in the Champions League - at the very least.
If this seems like a far-fetched conclusion, consider the fact that Ronaldo has scored 31 goals in his 25 Champion League games and more away goals in the Champions League than the entire Barcelona team has since 2012-13 - Barcelona have 13 goals to Ronaldo's impressive tally of 15. Proving he can deliver on his objective home and away and on the grandest stage.
Ronaldo's ability to wow his fans does not seem to be limited to the pitch-this week saw him celebrate the launch of his innovative magazine CR7 e-mag which is billed as being an exclusive insight into this truly extraordinary player's life.
I wonder how many of his rivals will be downloading a copy to see if they can find something to veer him off accomplishing objective?
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