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Why Real Madrid Needed Cristiano Ronaldo's Winner

BR - Real Madrid's thrilling 3-2 victory over Manchester City in the opening game of the 2012-13 UEFA Champions League could not have been bigger for the club, nor for the player whose right foot struck the last-minute winner past Joe Hart.

Cristiano Ronaldo's goal was just what Real Madrid needed—probably on more fronts than they realize or expected.

The defending La Liga champions have not started the season well—sitting 12th on the current standings with just one win to their credit and trailing fierce rivals Barcelona by eight points already.

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