The Champions League returns tonight with Champions Real Madrid visiting the Parc des Princes as they come to town looking to confirm their passage to the quarter-finals of this year's tournament. "It's what we need to take it to the next level". They helped Madrid make a crucial late run that led to two goals and the victory.
He has an impressive 62 goals too in that time but since returning from a calf injury in November, the 28-year-old has not been an automatic starter.
Cristiano Ronaldo has been at it again in 2018, netting in both legs of Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 tie to build on the record he already owns as the highest ever scorer in European football's elite club competition.
There was a scrappy start to the match, which began after a minute's applause in memory of former Fiorentina captain Davide Astori, with Sergio Ramos seeing the first half-chance well saved by Alphonse Areola following a corner.
"It shows we need to keep working, we need more maturity", he said.
He was unlucky not to get a hat-trick, a header from Angel di Maria's cross on the stroke of half-time disallowed for a marginal offside call.
"For sure, we will feel his absence".
For the first goal, the one that seemed to break PSG's will, Asensio - a player bought for peanuts at €3.8 million from Mallorca - put Vazquez through with a lovely disguised pass that sent the whole of Paris the wrong way.
Especially critical are the first 15 minutes of the first half, when it is most likely to see a goal from either team. The trident of Bale, Benzema and Cristiano has, for possibly the first time since them being brought together, lost its non-negotiable status, and it's the Welshman who looks most likley to miss out. By any measure, the current position of Jose Luis Mendilibar's side in La Liga is an incredible achievement. No room for error Adrift in La Liga and out of the cups, success for Real in 2017-18 now depends entirely on their exploits in Europe.
"I ask him to stay and let things settle down", Marquinhos said.
Marco Asensio has progressed from Bernabeu cult hero to accomplished performer on the international stage and Casemiro might be quietly morphing into one of the world's best in central midfield.
Lionel Messi won't be lining up for Barcelona's fixture against Malaga due to the birth of his third child.
The future of manager Unai Emery is increasingly precarious, especially when you consider that PSG failed to win Ligue 1 last season as Monaco took the French title.
Hamburg, the only side never to be relegated out of the Bundesliga, have two fights on their hands.
Changes at the club will naturally occur in the coming months as the post-mortem to Tuesday's defeat ensues, with Unai Emery almost certainly set to be dismissed at the end of the campaign, if not before. It could be likened to a Rocky IV training montage where Balboa's exploits to slay the giant Ivan Drago were coated in a timeless and motivating 80's theme that made you believe that you too could be a boxer one day.