Dani Ceballos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo as the 'soul' of Real Madrid after the evergreen 32-year-old's performance in Wednesday's 3-0 win over APOEL.
Ronaldo has been the outright top scorer in four of the last five Champions League editions, while he shared the prize with Lionel Messi and Neymar in 2014-15.
The Portuguese legend started his latest bid for European club glory by netting twice against the champions of Cyprus, after which team-mate Ceballos sung his praises.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed as the 'soul' of Real Madrid by team-mate Dani Ceballos
Evergreen 32-year-old Ronaldo scored twice as Real beat APOEL 3-0 on Wednesday evening
Ceballos, who made his Champions League debut in the one-sided encounter, told his club's official website: 'With Cristiano on the field we're always more comfortable and he gives us the confidence that turns in to goals.
'He's the soul of the team, he's fundamental for us and he's in better shape than ever.
'He's had a great game and his ambition makes him the best in the world'.