Zinedine Zidane declared Cristiano Ronaldo 'the best in the world' after he marked his Real Madrid return by scoring twice in the 3-0 Champions League victory over APOEL Nicosia.
Ronaldo is currently four games into a five-match domestic ban for pushing the referee after being sent off in the Spanish Supercopa clash with Barcelona last month.
But Ronaldo was as sharp as ever in taking his Champions League goals tally to 107 with a close-range effort and a second-half penalty.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice as Real Madrid beat APOEL Nicosia 3-0 on Wednesday night
Ronaldo, who is currently banned from domestic action, returned to the Madrid side in style
'He always scores. If he was luckier today, he could have scored four,' Zinedine Zidane claimed
Skipper Sergio Ramos added an overhead kick as Real - winners of the Champions League three times in the last four seasons - began the defence of their trophy in style.
'He's the best in the world,' Real manager Zidane said about Ronaldo to BeIN after the game.
'He's always there, he always scores. If he was luckier today, he could have scored four.
'We know the ability that Cristiano has.'
The forward put Madrid ahead in the 12th minute with a back-post finish at the Bernabeu
Ronaldo doubled Real's lead in