Cristiano Ronaldo comes into Real Madrid's European clash with Borussia Dortmund out to get back to scoring ways. Having begun 2017/18 with a bang with a stunning Spanish Super Cup strike at Barcelona, his sending-off minutes later put the brakes on his start to the season and, since returning from his five-match domestic ban, he has drawn two LaLiga blanks against Real Betis and Alavés.
However, Cristiano was on the scoresheet twice in Real's Champions League opener against APOEL two weeks ago, and it's little secret that the forward is in his element in Europe's premier club competition: he boasts 92 goals in 89 tournament appearances for Los Blancos, and 107 in 141 in total.
1.15 goals a game for Cristiano against German clubs
And when he comes up against German opposition, the 32-year-old's Champions League stats only get better. In 20 matches for Real against Bundesliga clubs, he has hit 23 goals - an average of 1.15 a game - against the following victims: Bayern Munich (nine), Schalke 04 (seven), Dortmund (four) and VfL Wolfsburg (three).
If we focus on matches played in Germany, meanwhile, that scoring rate remains almost identical: 1.11 goals per game. Cristiano has appeared nine times for Real in the country, and netted 10 goals, of which four have come at Bayern, three at Schalke and three at tonight's opponents.
Three games, three goals, but no wins at Dortmund...
But despite grabbing a goal in each of his three Real Madrid games away to Dortmund, Cristiano is yet to be part of a winning Los Merengues side at Signal Iduna Park, with his strikes coming in a 2-1 defeat in 2012, a 4-1 reverse in 2013 and a 2-2 draw at the stadium 12 months ago...