Real Madrid sealed their place in the Round of 16 on Tuesday as they ran out emphatic 6-0 winners over APOEL Nicosia at the GSP Stadium.
Upon finally grabbing the lead midway through the first half through a long-range screamer by Luka Modric, the visitors turned on the style, grabbing three quickfire goals. Nacho scored on either side of Karim Benzema’s brace, with the Frenchman doubling his tally for the season.
Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo got in on the act as well, scoring two quick goals at the start of the second half to to become the third player in the Champions League era to score in each of the first five games of a season.
The Portuguese superstar has now scored 18 Champions League goals in 2017 – the most in a calendar year. And, Twitter was abuzz following his return to goalscoring ways on Tuesday in record fashion.
Cristiano Ronaldo is now the first man to score 18 goals in one CL calendar season beating his 17 goals he set 15 minutes earlier. The record before that was 16 goals, held by Cristiano Ronaldo. Record before that was 15, also held by Cristiano Ronaldo. Man is a machine.
— Xav Salazar (@XavsFutbol) November 21, 2017
Don’t let Real Madrid destroying Apoel distract you from the fact that finished Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals in the UCL than Barcelona this season
— Ali (@TheBeardedRaul_) November 21, 2017
Cristiano Ronaldo can’t stop breaking records. pic.twitter.com/M0QDKMAk9n
— B/R Football (@brfootball) November 21, 2017
RONALDO HAS 113 UCL GOALS…. THAT IS MORE THAN SOME PLAYERS TOTAL CAREER GOALS LMAOOOOOOOO
— CHAMPIONS🏆🏆 (@ltsRonaldoFC) November 21, 2017
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 21, 2017
Ronaldo breaking records every other week. If u doubt Ronaldo isn’t the greatest player of this generation take ur low iq elsewhere and find another sport football isn’t for you.
— Nur (@_misternur) November 21, 2017
Goals in the Champions League 2017:
FC Barcelona = 13 Goals
Cristiano Ronaldo FC = 18 Goals
Finished they said.. pic.twitter.com/pANpuCkxEg
— OMAR 👑 (@Omar__cr7_) November 21, 2017
You can only compare ronaldo with ronaldo pic.twitter.com/PZIxoJtjHr
— Z. (@RoyalGalactico) November 21, 2017
Real Madrid is winning 6-0 and Ronaldo doesnt stop giving indications and organizing the team. Leader.
— JP (@Emperor_RM) November 21, 2017
— Fan Antics (@FanAnticsFC) November 21, 2017
Karim Benzema and Luka Modric ended their respective goalscoring droughts on Tuesday, and the duo were hailed for their impeccable performances.
53 UCL goals for Karim Benzema, 5th all time top scorer of CL. 0 penalties, that’s something.
— A. (@KaizerT8_) November 21, 2017
Beauty from Modric 😍😍 pic.twitter.com/uiGo14yewt
— Dr. Taha 🌐 (@DrTahhaa) November 21, 2017
We are so lucky to have Modric. Thank you Allah
— ㅤ (@RmadridFever__) November 21, 2017
53 UCL goals. Karim Benzema is the most underrated player of this century. pic.twitter.com/P5ajptHoRV
— albert (@alberhmk) November 21, 2017
10 of Luka Modric’s 12 goals with Real Madrid have come from outside the box. 🐐🇭🇷🎯 pic.twitter.com/HvyNhmFaFa
— RMadrid Edition (@RMadridEdition) November 21, 2017
2 goals for Benzema. He’s back.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 21, 2017
Kane scores a hatrick against Apoel and people lose their minds. Benzema scores 2 in the first half & “it’s just Apoel”. Double standard smh
— jonas 🐠 (@ToastyJonas) November 21, 2017