Cristiano Ronaldo and co. capable of Champions League triumph

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Real Madrid showcased their tournament credentials in the Champions League this week after a classy display against Shakhtar Donetsk, turning over the Ukranian outfit 4-0.

Rafael Benitez's side have returned to form of late after a steady start to the season, and are unbeaten in all competitions. Following their stalemate against Sporting Gijon on opening day, Los Blancos have beaten Real Betis, Espanyol and the aforementioned Shakhter 15-0 on aggregate.

Goals have never really been a problem for Real, of course, and with the form of the BBC - Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo - it's hard to predict another goalscoring slump for the clinical trio.


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Frenchman Benzema has already scored three goals this season and looks really sharp, and has recently pledged his allegiance to Real despite rumours of a £50 million move to Arsenal.

He is arguably the unsung hero up top and can sometimes be overlooked, with fans all-too captivated by the goalscoring exploits of Ronaldo and Bale. Benzema, though, is a huge player for the team and keeping him over the summer will prove a coup in itself this season.

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Bale, on the other hand, looks back to his best and full of confidence under new manager Benitez. The Welshman has managed two goals so far and, like Benzema, has vowed to become a success in Madrid despite interest from Manchester United.

However, the limelight was always going to be on the prolific Ronaldo, who has enjoyed an excellent run of form lately, scoring eight goals in his last two games.

Record after record appears to be tumbling in front of Ronaldo at the moment, with the Portuguese showing no signs of slowing amidst a bid to defend his Ballon d'Or crown and steer his side back to the top of the European tree.

His recent hat-trick in mid-week moved him three clear of Lionel Messi at the top of the Champions League scoring charts - an incredible feat giving the blistering form that Messi has shown in recent years.

This is yet another indicator that Ronaldo can perhaps lay claim to being the best player of all time, ahead of his Argentine rival. The 30-year-old is the complete player and although he has a tendency to be greedy and arrogant, this is due to sheer determination and hunger to succeed and be the very best - an attitude to be admired, in some respects.

The question remains, though, as to whether Ronaldo's form, combined with those around him, will be enough to steal the Champions League crown from rivals Barcelona, who stuttered in their opening game against Roma.

Real achieved La Decima two seasons ago and hold the record for the most Champions League’s victories, with an 11th title far from out of their reach. The talent that they boast, from back to front, is enough to challenge any side, with their ability to consistently deliver the only thing standing in the way of themselves and the coveted Champions League crown.

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