People can be quick to call time on your career, especially if your name is Cristiano Ronaldo.
There have been whispers all season that CR7 had lost his mojo and everyone should bow to Lionel Messi’s greatness.
Ronaldo scored just four goals in his first 14 La Liga games of the season and nearly every time we saw him take to the pitch he was full of angst.
There was respite in Europe as Real Madrid’s main man banged in nine goals during the group stages and leads the striking charts in the Champions LEague.
Have that Lionel.
With every man and his dog calling for Los Blancos to bring Neymar in as a replacement for Ronaldo and move on in traditionally ruthless fashion, it seems those calls might have been a tad premature.
The 33-year-old netted seven times in his last four league games including a hat trick against Real Sociedad this weekend,
The recent flood of goals brings his tally for the season to 23, which is two more than he had at the same stage last season when he went on to be crowned the Ballon d’Or winner.
Although the team as a whole has struggled around the Portuguese icon, with Madrid 17 points behind their arch rivals Barcelona, 23 goals for half a season is good by almost anyone’s standards.
Messi has found the back of the net a whopping 20 times in the league this year and added another six in Europe and the cups.
The Argentine wizard has also set up 10 goals for his team mates in La Liga which reflects a criticism that has been levied at his Madrid counterpart this year.
With age apparently beginning to weigh on Ronaldo he has evolved into an out-and-out finisher and continues to be lethal when given the chance.
However, that has left fans questioning his overall contribution to the team in providing chances for his team mates and acting as a link in the eleven.
Then again, what more do you want from a striker than a hatful of goals every season?
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