Champions League is Madrid's competition: Ronaldo post APOEL's drubbing

ANI | Updated: Sep 14, 2017 11:47 IST

Champions League is Madrid's competition, Ronaldo post APOEL's drubbing . Madrid Spain, Portuguese star striker Cristiano Ronaldo has stated that the "Champions League is Real Madrid's competition" after he helped the two-time holders make a winning start to their title defence here at the Santiago Bernabeu today .

The reigning Ballon d'or winner gave a perfect start to his side's new campaign by scoring twice in Madrid's comfortable 3-0 win over Cypriot visitors APOEL in the opening match .

And Ronaldo admitted that both he and Madrid are targetting a hat-trick of the European crown .

"There's still a long way to go; let's go game by game . First we have the group stage then we can see . We, of course, want to win this tournament . The Champions League is Real Madrid's competition and we want to win it," goal .com quoted Ronaldo, as saying .

It was in the 12th minute of the match when Ronaldo put Madrid ahead before doubling his side's lead by converting a penalty corner six minutes into the second half .

With his trademark brace, Ronaldo, who is still serving a five-match domestic ban for pushing a referee in the Supercopa de Espana, took his Champions League tally to 107 goals .

Subsequently, Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos added further woes on APOEL when he converted an exquisite bicycle kick just in the 61st minute of the match in the Spanish capital .

Delighted to make a return, Ronaldo admitted that Champions League is a `special` tournament and that it is extremely important to score goals here .

"I'm delighted to be back playing .This is a special competition and to start playing again and scoring goals is very important for me . I helped the side and feel good about that," the striker said .

"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," Ronaldo added .

The Zinedine Zidane-led side will lock horns with Dortmund in their next league clash on September 27 . (ANI)