10.12.2015 » Analyzing Cristiano Ronaldo's current moment of form
Though his stats may appear great, few would say that Cristiano Ronaldo has had a great start to the season. The Real Madrid has struggled with his finishing and he's looked visibly frustrated at times on the pitch. Even now and as we approach the FIFA Ballon d'Or ceremony (to be held on January 11 of 2016), many pundits are still claiming that the former Manchester United star shouldn't even be in the top three. All in all, it's been a strange couple of months for Ronaldo. Despite all the controversy and criticism around him, the Portuguese icon is now on a 4-game scoring streak, with 8 goals in his last 4 appearances for the Merengues.
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Yet, despite all of these distractions, Ronaldo is still banging in the goals. 21 goals in 20 games, is in line with his career average with Real Madrid, all in a season where he has supposedly "slowed down". This is the ultimate testament to how good Ronaldo is, even now, when he's supposed to be playing at his lowest level in years, he's still breaking records. In total, CR7 now has an astonishing 73 goals in 69 Champions League games for Madrid.
Against Malmo, as Madrid romped to an 8-0 victory, Ronaldo looked like this his old self: scoring, assisting and dominating. The 30-year old netted four goals on Tuesday against the Swedish side, giving him a grand total of 11 for the group stages of the Champions League. That's a brand new record for him! In fact, he's the first player to ever score in double figures in the group stages of the tournament.
This also puts him only 6 goals behind of his amazing 17-goal record that he accomplished in the 2013-2014 edition of the UEFA Champions League, that was of course the year Real Madrid won "La Décima". We can only hope for the same success this time around...
Some may claim, "oh well, it’s just Malmo", but the truth is every single big team plays against a minnow in the tournament. If it was "so easy" to score this amount of goals against weaker teams, then we've undoubtedly see far more players achieving this. Yet, it rarely happens...
After his performance against Malmo, Ronaldo is also the player with the most assists (10) in the Champions League since the 2012-2013 season, though all the critics try to point out that he is selfish. But as he's stated many times, this only motivates him to be better.
Ronaldo, even if he isn't quite the force he was a few seasons ago, is still able to maintain this insanely high level of play against all odds. This should be celebrated. If Ronaldo is able to score this much while the team is in a "crisis", imagine what could happen in the second half of the season when this Madrid team starts to gel? He still needs to improve his form in the bigger matches, but with all of Madrid's players backing the team as a whole, he'll certainly start to perform better as well.
Ronaldo certainly won't be in the running for the FIFA Ballon d'Or this time around, but don't be surprised to see an inspired 2016 from him.
Rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated. And in case anyone is keeping track, Ronaldo has 21 goals to Messi's 10 this season...
Author: Terrance Ross
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