Real Madrid's start under Carlo Ancelotti may not have been as explosive as Real Madrid fans across the world would have wanted it to be, but there can be little doubt that the jewel in the white crown of Madrid looks hungrier than ever before.
While it is inevitable that he will eventually lose this year's Ballon d'Or race either to Lionel Messi or Franch Ribery, at the moment, Ronaldo looks the best player in the world.
16 goals in thirteen games is nothing to scoff at - no other player in world football currently boasts those numbers - let alone the ratio. At the rate at which he is currently going, it looks unlikely that even Messi will catch him this season.
The closest challenge to Cristiano in the goals department surprisingly comes from Diego Costa, but even he doesn't offer the sheer presence and influence that Ronaldo imposes on the game.
Ronaldo is arguably the most complete player in the sport. He's as fast as an Olympic sprinter (running 96 meters in under 10 seconds), he wins headers like a seven-foot-tall defender, and most importantly has the predator-like instincts of a six-yard-box striker even though he isn't one.
Along with that, he also possesses incredible dribbling skills and has even developed an eye for a pass over the last couple of years. Six assists is nothing to scoff at, but given the number of chances created by him that Benzema and Morata have shockingly put wide this season, that number should arguably be higher. Furthermore, the departure of Ozil and the concomitant arrival of Gareth Bale has surprisingly further drawn out his attacking instincts.
Where he used to wait patiently for a good through-ball from Ozil, he can now break at blistering pace with the help of the mercurial Welshman. Their combined ability to shred defenders has left the defenders of the world at a loss when they come charging. As a result, Madrid have been absolutely rampant over the last five games, shredding the team that held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw. At the centre of everything Madrid does, is that man: Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid have had a rocky transition from the polarizing Mourinho to the stoic Ancelotti, but Ronaldo has emerged as the leader of the team. While he used to wait for his chances, he is now taking an active role in engendering their very creation. Even the ever present Little Leo, despite his injury problems hasn't looked either as ruthless or as confident as Ronaldo does right now. If Real's defence starts pulling their weight, this could be Real's season.
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