As Christmas and 2013 near, we're casting an eye back on our Icons' best moments from 2012 across the festive period. Today, we look at what has been a spellbinding year for the one and only Cristiano Ronaldo...
Derby demolition job (vs. Atletico Madrid, 11 April)
Three goals from the 27-year-old helped Los Galacticos brush aside an in-form Atletico to pull four points clear at the top of La Liga, with the race for the title at fever pitch. The second goal in particular will live on in fans' memories - an unstoppable free-kick from forty yards missled into the bottom right corner with surgical precision. (Find on YouTube)
A Clasico to remember (vs. Barcelona, 21 April)
Brushing aside critics' suggestion he was a big game bottler, Ronaldo latched on to a Mesmut Ozil through ball at Camp Nou to all but secure his team's first La Liga title in four years. It was his 54th goal of the season, a figure which eventually rose to 60 in all competitions. Real went on to be crowned league victors on 2 May at Atheltic, a game in which Cristiano fittingly scored the final goal of their campaign. (Find on YouTube)
Euros euphoria (vs. Holland, 17 June)
Without a win in their opening two group games, the Portugese striker rescued his team with one of the best individual displays of the tournament against Holland, scoring twice and hitting the woodwork in an enthralling 2-1 win. Portugal crashed out on penalties to Spain in the semi-finals, but not before Ronaldo had cemented his status as one of the best players in the world, no matter the stage. (Find on YouTube)
A flick of genius (vs. Barcelona, 29 August)
It might not have been his cleanest finish but the flick to take Ronaldo through on goal in Real's Supercup tie with Barcelona was among his deftest, looping the ball over Gerard Pique with his heel. Sublime. (Find on YouTube)
Clasico recordbreaker (vs. Barcelona, 7 October)
The 27-year-old became the first player to score in six consecutive Clasicos in an enthralling battle with Barcelona that saw Ronaldo and Messi star, both scoring twice. Which of course, did nothing to help dispel the biggest question in modern football - who is better, the Barcelona maverick or Real's Portugese wonder? - a debate set to continue long into 2013 and beyond... (Find on YouTube)
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