Real Madrid started their 2014-15 La Liga campaign in strong fashion, recording a 2-0 win over Cordoba. Karim Benzema opened the score in the 30th minute before the inevitable Cristiano Ronaldo iced the match with a long-range beauty in extra time.
Bleacher Report UK has the Vine:
Questions surrounding the Portuguese superstar's health dominated the headlines during the summer, but on Monday, Ronaldo had little difficulty answering them.
Playing in his 250th match for Los Blancos, the forward did what he always does—score. As shared by BeIN Sport's Kay Murray, his scoring record truly is phenomenal:
OptaJose shared this little fact, evidence of his tremendous leg strength:
Cordoba were playing their first match in La Liga, as shared by Infostrada, and they immediately got a taste of what to expect. Ronaldo feasts on inexperienced sides:
Author Sid Lowe was very impressed with the goal:
The winger hadn't had his best outing up until that point, which can be partly explained by his lack of consistent minutes in pre-season, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
Ronaldo returned from the 2014 World Cup still struggling with the same injury that hampered him during the dying stages of the 2013-14 season, and Los Blancos took a very cautious approach getting him back to the pitch.
His consistent scoring is instrumental to Carlo Ancelotti's squad, and re-aggravating said injury would have been a disaster. It likely led to a lack of depth in his performance against Cordoba, but as a forward, you're mainly judged on your scoring output.
As shared by ESPN Stats & Info, that record is exemplary:
Corrigan also was forced to eat his words:
Los Blancos hardly dominated the newly promoted side, but starting the new season with three points is all that matters right now. Plenty of new signings are still looking for their spot on the pitch and building chemistry with the regulars, and it will take time for this team to grow.
Consistent scorers like Ronaldo and Benzema can ensure the club keeps winning while the likes of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos find their way, and on Monday, they did just that.
If Ronaldo's long-range screamer is any indication, his health will be just fine as Los Blancos prepare their Champions League title defence.