The Portugal star, who won his fifth Ballon d'Or this week to draw level with Lionel Messi in the all-time standings, was inspirational to his side's demolition of the visitors in the first half at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Ronaldo, who this year also helped the national side qualify for the World Cup in Russia next year, won his first Ballon d'Or in 2008 while with Manchester United and collected it again in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
Messi last triumphed in 2015 with Ronaldo picking it up in each of the past two years, and the Portuguese star told L'Equipe that he doubted he would catch his rival. But yes, obviously yes, because we love it and, try as we might, we cannot resist the storylines that the individuals create, the contrasting personalities to latch on to. "Cristiano is the best player in history along with Di Stefano, he is his heir", Perez said.
Zidane, who won the Ballon d'Or in 1998, smiled when asked if he or Ronaldo was the better player.
The win reduced the gap between Real and leaders Barcelona to five points, but the Catalans still have a match in hand on Sunday.
However, normal service soon resumed and Marcelo's delicious delivery was nodded at goal by Benzema, but his header clipped the post and was promptly cleared. He will do his best for his club and his national team. "Today is the fifth, and that pushes me more to keep fighting, without thinking of my age".
The home side doubled their lead on 23 minutes as Cristiano Ronaldo fired into the bottom corner from close range, following good work by Marco Asensio. In a time when there are so many talented footballers, when the rewards for reaching the top are greater than ever before, it is astonishing that two men still manage to find a platform above the rest. And that in football, it's the end that counts, not the start.
"I think Cristiano Ronaldo has all the Real Madrid values; effort, respect and teamwork".
A total of seven Madrid players were included in the top 30 for the prestigious award handed out by France Football magazine.