The Champions League did not go to plan for Borussia Dortmund this season, sitting a very distant third in Group H entering the final matchday and being long eliminated from contention for a knockout round spot.
When Cristiano Ronaldo doubled Madrid's lead four minutes later it looked as if Madrid were on their way to a morale-boosting win.
Borja Mayoral took just eight minutes to make the most of replacing the misfiring Karim Benzema as one of five changes by Zinedine Zidane, finding the back of the net for the first time in the Champions League.
Isco is the only Real Madrid player to have provided at least five assists in each of the last five seasons in all competitions, laying on 44 goals in total.
He was cleverly involved in the opening goal and laid on a handful of chances for others to score, which were not taken.
"I also scored; I helped the team to win with a beautiful goal". They should have had the nous to chaperone Dortmund out of the match and claim a more comfortable victory. One more goal and Ronaldo will break Lionel Messi's record of 60 group stage goals in the competition. "We changed the setup and system". That agreement ended in 2016, however, with the governing body reintroducing its own accolade once again - 'The Best' Fifa Men's Player. Marcel Schmelzer caught Vazquez and Varane's replacement Marco Asensio idle near Kovacic's loose pass and the left-back whipped a brilliant delivery into the box that Aubameyang headed beyond Navas.
He was lethal in counter-attacks and deserved his brace. "Obviously, I also like to score in it".
Aside from Messi and Ronaldo, the Ballon d'Or, originally conceived to honour only European players before going fully global in 2007, has three triple winners - Johan Cruyff, Michel Platini and Marco van Basten.
It has previously been mooted that Real Madrid would love to offer Ronaldo to PSG in order to land Neymar, who is viewed as the heir to the 32-year-old by club president Florentino Perez.
The winner of the prestigious award will be announced on Thursday 7 December at 6.45pm.