As Lionel Messi closes in on the all time scoring record in La Liga, his competition for the title of "best player in the world" is doing the same in the Champions League.
And what's more, he's doing it in style.
In fact, Ronaldo and James Rodriguez only needed four touches between them to unlock the Liverpool defense at the top of the penalty area for the opening goal in the teams' Champions League group stage showdown on Wednesday.
Ronaldo took the first one, laying the ball to Rodriguez before darting into the penalty area. Rodriguez took the next two touches in quick succession, killing the fall with his right foot before lofting it delicately over the Liverpool defense and right on to the path of the onrushing Ronaldo. Ronaldo applied the lethal finish, a brilliant first-time flick that sailed into the back of the net.
It looked like this. It looked easy. It isn't easy.
The goal is Ronaldo's 70th in the UEFA Champions League, putting him one away from tying another No. 7-wearing Real Madrid legend (Raul) at the top of the all-time scoring charts in the competition
Karim Benzema scored two more to make it 3-0 Liverpool at halftime.