Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late hat-trick as Real Madrid made a real statement of intent with a comprehensive 6-1 victory over Galatasaray in Istanbul.
Ronaldo, denied multiple times earlier in the contest, buried three second-half strikes (the last, below, a sublime individual effort) to run up the score—after Isco had opened the festivities with a fine individual effort and Karim Benzema had notched two of his own.
Galatasaray threatened, in the first half especially, but only scored when 5-0 down—with Umut Bulut getting the consolation six minutes from time.
The match was also notable for a couple of injuries—goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced off after just a handful of minutes after a mild collision with Sergio Ramos seemed to leave him with a rib injury.
Didier Drogba was also forced off before half-time for Galatasaray, but even the great Ivorian—who shared an emotional pre-match hug with former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti—would have struggled to affect the final score.
Real had 18 shots to Galatasaray's 12, but 12 of those were on target (compared to just five of Gala's).
Ronaldo, meanwhile, had nine of those attempts—whereas the opposition's star playmaker, Wesley Sneijder, was unable to get even one shot off on goal.