Flashback to April. Real Madrid, who looked immortal for most of the season, were limping into the last two months of the seasons. Draws at Villarreal and home to Valencia had dropped los blancos' lead over rival FC Barcelona down to five points heading into the second clásico of the season.
And Madrid hadn't beaten Barcelona in more than a year.
It was at that defining moment, when Madrid's season looked to be on the brink, that their best player--Portuguese attacker Cristiano Ronaldo--needed to step up. Barcelona's Camp Nou was rocking, as the Catalans had rallied to tie the score at one after Sami Khedira's early goal. It seemed that the game was slipping from Madrid's hands.
Then, it happened. Mesut Özil, who had been brilliant for most of the season, found an opening on the right and started to break. Cristiano started to sprint. And, with a deft flick, the bug-eyed German playmaker found the sprinting Portuguese striker in space. It was all over in a flash.
Calm down, Cristiano Ronaldo told his Real Madrid fans and teammates (and he probably meant it for the FC Barcelona fans, too). It's ok, I'm here.