Gareth Bale made his Real Madrid Champions League debut off the bench but hat-trick Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the show as the Spanish giants annihilated Galatasaray 6-1 in their Group B opener.
Goals from Isco, Karim Benzema and Ronaldo already had the visitors 3-0 up when world-record signing Bale came on in the 64th minute.
The former Tottenham man was involved in all three of Madrid’s subsequent goals but the night belonged to Ronaldo, who completed his treble with a stunning individual effort as Carlo Ancelotti’s troops sent out an ominous warning to their rivals.
Gala had started brightly but Isco gave the visitors a 33rd-minute lead when he controlled a long through-ball from Angel Di Maria – Bale’s replacement in Ancelotti’s starting XI – before firing home.
Benzema capitalised on a defensive blunder to coolly slot home nine minutes after the restart before Ronaldo lashed in an Isco knock-back in the 63rd minute to make it 3-0.
Bale had an immediate impact upon his introduction for Isco, delivering a free-kick cross which led to Ronaldo slamming home from close range after keeper Fernando Muslera had batted away Sergio Ramos’ initial header.
Welshman Bale, who netted in his Real bow at Villarreal on Saturday, then almost doubled his account for his new club but shot straight at keeper Fernando Muslera after being teed up by Benzema.
Bale was involved in the build-up when Benzema tapped in a Ronaldo centre to make it 5-0 in the 81st minute.
Umut Bulut netted the hosts a deserved consolation goal, however Ronaldo grabbed his treble in sensational fashion, with Bale again playing his part early in the move.
Portuguese superstar Ronaldo, who signed a new five-year Bernabeu deal worth £76million at the weekend, skipped past a series of challenges with some trademark trickery before blasting past Muslera from a tight angle at the death.