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Cristiano gnashes his teeth

Forwards live by scoring goals, and have good and bad streaks. Beyond any clichés, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has always been a goalscorer, has been playing more like a centre forward lately, and is having a bad streak. He has not found the net since the game against Málaga when, after missing a penalty, he tapped […]


2 de mayo de 2015 Harvey Holtom - Sportyou

Forwards live by scoring goals, and have good and bad streaks. Beyond any clichés, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has always been a goalscorer, has been playing more like a centre forward lately, and is having a bad streak. He has not found the net since the game against Málaga when, after missing a penalty, he tapped in a ball from Chicharito on the goal-line. Since then, he has failed to score in three consecutive matches, against Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League, and Celta and Almería in the regular competition. Nobody can ever doubt the Portuguese player’s ability to score, because his stats are undeniable and there for all to see. Right now, however, it is not being over the top to say he has gone down a gear or two. That said, it was in no way easy to continue at the rate he was going before.

Cristiano began this season in spectacular form, scoring 20 times in the first 12 league games. After this whirlwind start, he reached the halfway point with 28 goals to his credit. The New Year came, and the Ballon d’Or award shortly afterwards. However, within two weeks Cristiano went from that famous celebration in Zurich to the infamous sending off in Córdoba. A one-match suspension and then two games in a row without scoring signalled the first lean spell of the season. He redeemed himself by scoring against Elche and Villarreal, but then ended the next two games empty-handed. In a short period of time we saw two different versions of the same player.

With his goal against Barcelona, and then the five he hit against Granada, Cristiano sent out a clear message: he was back, if indeed he had ever gone away. Then, three games and three more goals later, CR7 ended up drawing a blank twice again. First in Balaídos, and then again at the Bernabéu. But against Almería he could not hide his feelings after Arbeloa gazumped him, venting his frustration and failing to celebrate.

To talk about Cristiano and his good and bad streaks, it should be mentioned that this season he had never gone more than two league games without scoring. The worst thing is that, by not scoring against Atlético de Madrid in the Champions League return game he now accumulates three in a row without finding the net and his tantrum in the Almería game is a bad sign. Real Madrid need Cristiano Ronaldo at his best in this final stage of the season. For the Blancos, success may depend on which version of the Portuguese turns up. In the upcoming games against Sevilla and Valencia, he has a great chance to get back to his old self and silence the whistles that part of the Bernabéu crowd have dedicated to him.

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