Cristiano Ronaldo finally broke his Ballon d’Or tormentor Lionel Messi’s four-year stranglehold on the Champions League top-goalscorer gong last term and this year he can gazump his own 12-goal total by scoring more than 14.5 goals in the competition, for which he is well worth backing at 7/20.
The Madeiran machine is virtually halfway to the magic-15 goal mark after just three games.
Having struck at least a brace in each of his continental outings this season Ronaldo’s seven goals have him firmly on course to break the all-time Champions League and European Cup goals record shared by Messi and AC Milan’s Jose Altafini.
Ronaldo is already two goals ahead of last year’s tally after the same amount of matches.
Portugal’s all-time leading scorer has featured in at least 49 games in six of the last seven completed campaigns and ten European matches or more during each of those seasons so punters shouldn’t be overly burdened by concerns for his durability.
Carlo Ancelotti reached the Champions League final three times in a four year period at AC Milan.
Los Merengues’ soul-searching start to the domestic season may engender worries about their ability to go deep enough in Europe to provide CR7 sufficient opportunity to dip his goal-scoring wick this year, but their boss is more than adept at taking a talented squad to the competition’s very pinnacle.
As it is Real’s La Liga travails haven’t followed them onto the continent, where Ronny and friends have already enjoyed successive field days against Galatasary and Copenhagen, with the promise of more to come.
Despite losing Mesut Ozil, Real still have three of the top 11 assisters in last term’s competition.
The German maestro served up five goal-giving passes in 2012/13, but then again so did his former teammates Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.
At the same time Isco was shining for Manuel Pellegrini’s Malaga side, laying on four assists of his own as his side reached the quarter-finals.
The rest is history of course and this season the young Spaniard will be providing the ammo for Ronaldo as he zeroes in on the competition’s outright scoring record.