Zinedine Zidane's side drew with neighbours Atletico Madrid in La Liga on Saturday and looked likely to fall short again after being outplayed by Bayern in the first half before Ronaldo came to the rescue to seal a 2-1 win.
THE FIGHTBACK STARTS NOW?
While the Portugal forward has demonstrated an ability to win matches single-handedly throughout his career, his latest survival act came in an unfamiliar context having struggled to hit the lofty heights he sets himself in La Liga this season.
Despite an admirable 19 goals in 24 league appearances, Ronaldo looks unlikely to match the tallies he has managed in his last six seasons (40, 46, 34, 31, 48, 35). And he had previously gone 613 minutes of European football without finding the net - his longest drought for eight years.
Yet he delivered an outstanding second-half performance to reach 100 European goals, with 98 in the Champions League and two coming in Madrid's 2-0 UEFA Super Cup victory over Sevilla in 2014.
WHAT RONALDO SAID
I don't know who doubts me. People who love Cristiano never have any doubts. You have to tell me who doubts me because none of it has come to me.
I'm happy, I wanted to reach this record. To do so is an honour and to do it against a team like Bayern is even better."
THE BREAKDOWN OF HIS GOALS
Of Ronaldo's haul in Europe's top competition, he has managed 82 for Real, with the other 16 coming for Manchester United, and his double took him four goals ahead of Lionel Messi (94) in the race to become the first player to score 100 Champions League goals.
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REACTION TO THE FEAT
"Cristiano was unhappy because he couldn't score a third, that's how ambitious he is," his boss Zidane said after the match.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: Ronaldo at 100: How many European goals can the Real Madrid great get?