He was finished, they said. And judging by his form at the beginning of the season, they could’ve been right.
It was pretty concerning to see Cristiano Ronaldo struggle for goals this term, with his third league goal of the season not coming until December.
He began the new campaign in controversy, receiving a five-match ban after being sent off in the Spanish Super Cup first-leg clash with Barcelona back in August.
He was booked for taking off his shirt when celebrating his goal, before receiving a second yellow for simulation. Incensed, the superstar shoved referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea and that was that.
When he finally made his return for Los Blancos, the side were already trailing Barcelona at the top of the table. But what’s worse is that Ronaldo had seemingly lost that killer instinct that had helped the side secure the league and Champions League double last season.
But thankfully, the 33-year-old is back.
Since the winter break, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has made up for lost time and has been particularly awesome in recent weeks.
In fact, he’s just made his best start to a calendar year since arriving at Madrid, having notched 12 goals in the first two months of 2018.
Ronaldo has scored two or more goals in four of his last six La Liga matches, including a brilliant hat-trick against Real Sociedad in early February. He was also the hero against Paris Saint-Germain, helping Madrid to a seemingly unlikely 3-1 win in the first-leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.
Previously, Ronaldo’s best start to a calendar year was in 2013, while last year he managed 12 goals in 13 games for Madrid, in comparison to just the nine outings so far this year.
Hell, if he keeps this up, he could even snatch another Ballon d’Or title at the end of the year. That’d really sock it to Lionel Messi, eh?
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