The Real Madrid forward was forced to sit out the first two LaLiga games after picking up an knee injury in the Euro 2016 final when Portugal beat France.
Now he is keen for even greater glory starting when Los Blancos defend their title against ‘his’ Sporting Clube de Portugal on Wednesday.
“It’s a big challenge which I think Real Madrid have the chance to win again,” he said.
“We know it’s a difficult competition but nothing is easy.
“We have to go from game to game and, firstly, think about the group stage because I think it’s a tough group.”
The title-holder’s first hurdle is to overcome his former club.
“It’s a special game and I want to play against Sporting because I think they have a great team and a good coach.
“It’ll be another special moment in my life.
“I’ve played against them before but to face them another time is a privilege for me.”
Evidently the prolific goalscorer looks keen to push himself even further following a highly-successful 2015/16.
“In terms of titles, I think it was possibly the best season of my career.
“After winning the UEFA Champions League, winning Euro 2016 with my country was the perfect end to an extraordinary year.
“In terms of trophies it was the best and I’ve never had a better season, both with my team and individually because I was the top scorer in the Champions League and had a great European championship.”