Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is said to be the complete striker for he can score with his head and either foot but the 32-year-old has added another part of his body with which he can score: His chest.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) November 9, 2017
The international break is on, but Ronaldo has been excused from Portugal duty as A Seleccao have already qualified for next year’s World Cup. Fernando Santos’ side take on Saudi Arabia (November 10) and USA (November 14) in the next few days and will have to make do without their talisman.
— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadrid) November 8, 2017
Real Madrid, the reigning UEFA Champions League and La Liga holders have made an indifferent start to the 2017-18 season and Ronaldo’s found goals hard to come by, especially in domestic competitions.
The Portuguese has been terrific in Europe (six goals in four games), but he’s scored just once in 7 La Liga games and Los Blancos have suffered as a result. Zinedine Zidane’s men lie in third place, eight points behind leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona.
Gareth Bale, who has been touted as Ronaldo’s successor at Real, has recently returned to first-team training and the speedy Welshman is expected to feature in their first tie after the international break—a derby clash with Atletico Madrid.
With the ‘BBC’ (Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo) fit and firing, there is a renewed sense of optimism that the Spanish giants can turn things around but Zidane has some big calls to make ahead of the Madrid Derby.
For the likes of Isco and Marco Asensio are pushing for a regular starting spot after a series of impressive displays but it remains to be seen whether Zidane will opt for experience or youth.