Cristiano Ronaldo ended a myth during Real Madrid’s rout of APOEL

Cristiano Ronaldo is selfish they said…

Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo emerged as a teenage winger at Sporting Lisbon, there has been a commonly held theory about the Portuguese superstar.

Ronaldo plays for himself. Ronaldo only cares about individual records. When Ronaldo’s team mates score he doesn’t celebrate and looks angry.

The fact Ronaldo is always compared to Leo Messi, a superstar who appears to love an assist, also makes these arguments somewhat accentuated.

All the above may be true, but on Tuesday night in Cyprus Cristiano Ronaldo may have ended the “selfish” debate once and for all.

Ronaldo sets up Karim Benzema when it was easier to score

In first half-injury time against APOEL, Real Madrid were 3-0 up and produced a trademark break out of defence.

Toni Kroos played a long low pass to Karim Benzema, who flicked the ball out wide to Ronaldo.

Like we have seen so many times, Ronaldo pulled inside round a defender and drew the APOEL goalkeeper Nauzet Perez.

It looked easier to score than assist for Ronaldo!

It actually looked easier for Ronaldo to score, he had done all the hard work, plus Benzema had already broken his personal goal drought with Real Madrid’s second goal on the night.

Instead, Ronaldo passes to Benzema for the Frenchman to tap home, from arguably a worse angle.

This assist also marked a milestone for Ronaldo, which again smashes the theory that the Real Madrid striker is “selfish”.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Champions League assist record!

27 – Cristiano Ronaldo has provided more assists than any other player in the Champions League in the last 10 seasons. Generous.

Perhaps Ronaldo knew there were more goals to be had against APOEL as in the second half, the former Manchester United man did get going.

Ronaldo scored on 49 and 54, to seal his spot as the top goal scorer in the Champions League this season.

He also sealed a remarkable record in the process – the most ever goals scored in a calendar year in the Champions League (18).

Breakdown of the Karim Benzema goal, set up by Ronaldo v APOEL

Cristiano Ronaldo in position to score v APOEL

Cristiano Ronaldo in position to score v APOEL

Cristiano Ronaldo in positon to score

Cristiano Ronaldo in a better position to score

Karim Benzema scores 2nd v APOEL

Karim Benzema scores 2nd v APOEL

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