It is difficult to comprehend any idea that Cristiano Ronaldo may actually be better in the upcoming season than he was last term. However, thanks to Real Madrid's summer purchases, that may well be the case.
In 2013-14, he scored 31 league goals in 30 appearances and netted 17 times for Real in the Champions League as they won the competition, a record per Opta:
Those are some serious numbers, and there is no doubt that Real would not have claimed La Decima—their long-awaited 10th European Cup—without him.
However, he then went on to the World Cup and was relatively poor—as illustrated by WhoScored's shot-conversion statistic, although he did eventually find the net—with a disappointing Portuguese side who were knocked out at the group stages:
Thus Ronaldo cannot simply be the best through his own immense skill; he relies on the quality of those around him for sustained brilliance—an obvious point considering football is a team sport.
With the talent Real have added to their squad this summer with the purchases of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, Ronaldo should be even more prolific next term.
He cannot be this good forever, but he is still in his prime, and the addition of such quality players should improve him even further.
Rodriguez was mainly touted for his goalscoring at the World Cup, but he is a perennial creator also, having provided 12 assists in Ligue 1 last season for a Monaco side that finished a distant second to Paris St-Germain.
Aside from genuine assists, he also creates goalscoring opportunities at an incredible rate, per Squawka, surely music to Ronaldo's ears:
He will no doubt be even better amongst the behemoths of Madrid next term and that, in turn, will provide Ronaldo with more opportunities to score goals.
Equally, Kroos is a wonderful midfielder and terrific passer of the ball who is incredibly versatile per Pinnacle Sports' Ted Knutson:
He will be able to adapt his style of play to the main-man Ronaldo and seek out the Ballon d'Or winner whether he be playing out wide or up front.
Ronaldo should benefit hugely from playing with such creative players as he will theoretically receive the ball in better positions, more often, allowing him to then do what he does best and terrorise opposition defences.
There is one small issue concerning the 29-year-old's continued good form which ESPN's Miguel Delaney and the Daily Mail's Rik Sharma both acknowledge:
Ronaldo's quality is so reliant on his immense power, pace and strength, that should he push himself too hard he could cause long-term injury problems.
Thus he needs to allow the quality players around him—the likes of Gareth Bale and Luka Modric also key—to do some of the work for him, and he certainly has some of the best teammates in the world.
If he preserves his fitness and takes advantage of Real's immense squad, he could inspire Los Blancos to another Champions League and earn even more individual acclaim for himself.