Cristiano Ronaldo returned to competitive action with a brace in the 3-0 win over APOEL on Wednesday before declaring that the Champions League is Real Madrid's to win.
The Portuguese striker needed just 12 minutes to open the scoring at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu before adding a second from the penalty spot on 51 minutes.
Sergio Ramos then bicycled home for Real's third of the night on 61 minutes to seal a comprehensive win.
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After missing league action through a five-match domestic ban, the Portuguese player expressed his happiness to be back on the field.
"I'm delighted to be back playing. This is a distinct competition and to start playing again and scoring goals is very important for me. I helped the side and feel good about that."
He added on UEFA's official website that the "Champions League is Real Madrid's competition".
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The eleven-time champions, who thrashed Juventus 4-1 in last season's final, with Ronaldo also scoring two that day, cruised to an easy win against their Cypriot counterparts in their first group clash.
"There's still a long way to go; let's go game by game. First, we have the group stage then we can see," Ronaldo cautioned.
"It was a game we needed to win; we played at home and wanted to start the Champions League well. I think the side were good; we know we were taking on a defensive outfit. We could've scored more but in the end, it was a good result and we've started off well and we're happy with that."
A third successive European crown is what Ronaldo and Madrid are after.
"We, of course, want to win this tournament. The Champions League is Real Madrid's competition and we want to win it," concluded the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.