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Top 5 Cristiano Ronaldo moments in a Real Madrid shirt

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

In Sunday’s first ‘El Classico’ of the season, fans of Spain’s immovable two were treated to the best and worst of Cristiano Ronaldo. Three minutes after Lionel Messi had equalised for Barcelona from the spot, and reignited the Nou Camp in the first leg of the Spanish super cup, a brilliant Ronaldo goal from the edge of the box silenced the home crowd instantly. It should have been the main talking point of the match. Instead, Ronaldo defied his usually sportsmanlike nature and pushed the referee in dissent, earning himself a second yellow card and a dismissal.

Although Real Madrid would eventually win the cup at a canter (5-1 on aggregate) Ronaldo now finds himself in the midst of a five-match ban, which could have a devastating effect on Real Madrid in terms of their title ambitions, given how much points were at a premium in the title race of 2016/17. The latest football spread betting markets have also been affected by Ronaldo’s suspension, with even Real Madrid’s less-exalted players seeing their buy/sell prices (in the Goal Minutes market, for the La Liga opener at Deportivo La Coruna) fluctuate.

With the 2017/18 season set to be pivotal for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid career, here are some timely reminders of exactly what he has done for himself and the club:

#1: Ronaldo’s Super Sunday – 20 September 2009

Ronaldo had already scored on his debut, dispatching a penalty against Deportivo La Coruna in an edgy 3-2 win. He then scored from open play for the first time, netting the last goal in a 3-0 away win Español. He would only have to wait until his third outing to net his first brace. Just forty-seven seconds into the match, Ronaldo raced past a clueless Xerez defence and slotted the ball into the net to send those that had taken their seats into raptures. Another Ronaldo goal, headed in from a corner, took the Galacticos’ MVP to a total of six goals in four matches. Real Madrid ended the match 5-0 victors.

#2: The Decider – 21 April 2012

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Though Ronaldo was the extra dimension Real Madrid needed, Barcelona would win the title in 2010 and 2011. Finally, in 2011/12, it was the turn of Los Galacticos to celebrate a La Liga triumph. Such was Real Madrid’s form throughout 2011/12, that victory in the return El Clasico at the Nou Camp would seal the title with four games to spare. On the day of judgement itself, Real Madrid took an early lead through Sami Khedira, before Alexis Sanchez equalised twenty minutes from time. Just three minutes later, Ronaldo controlled a ball from Mesut Ozil with superlative professionalism and fired past Victor Valdes to seal the title for his club.

#3: Ronaldo is 137% proof – 5 April 2015

Ronaldo’s best Real Madrid season to date is the 2014/15 La Liga. Scoring 48 league goals in 35 appearances (a 137% strike rate), he was unstoppable from the very first moment of the season. Early defeats for Real Madrid, including a home derby loss to Atletico, severely scuppered the club’s title hopes. However, Los Galacticos were not deterred. After a 2-1 defeat at the Nou Camp (on 22 March) finally vanquished Real’s title hopes, Ronaldo unlocked what can only be described as ‘God Mode’, kicking off the Easter period with a five-goal haul against Granada, in an eye-watering 9-1 win over the relegation-threatened visitors. A hat trick in Ronaldo’s final game of 2014/15 (a 7-3 home win over Getafe) took his league total to forty-eight – although the Ballon d’Or still went to Lionel Messi.

#4: Malmö’s Merciless Mauling – 8 December 2015

As a side perennially seeded into pot 1 for the Champions League group stage draw, the group stages are often something of a formality for Real Madrid. The 2015/16 edition of the competition proved to be no exception, but there can be no detracting from the entertainment factor involved in Real Madrid’s 8-0 thumping of group minnows Malmö. Ronaldo scored four goals on the night, with three of them hitting the net over an eleven-minute period. In doing so, Ronaldo became the first player ever to reach double figures in the Champions League group stage.

#5: Eleventh Heaven for ‘CR7’ – 28 May 2016

For Real Madrid, the final of that tournament was a much closer affair. Facing their rivals Atletico, and with no quarter given and none expected, the scoreline stood at 1-1 after 120 minutes – and so began the dreaded penalty shootout. Ronaldo’s skills have always been self-evident, but even the best players can buckle under the pressure of dispatching the penalty that wins European football’s greatest prize.

Following Juanfran’s penalty miss for Atletico, the penalty score stood at 4-3, with Ronaldo taking the fifth (and potentially decisive) penalty. Occupying the trademark ‘wide’ stance that precedes a devastating free kick or expert penalty, Ronaldo slammed the ball into the corner of the net to win Real Madrid an eleventh European title.

This year he was also influential in the club’s twelfth. Football is a highly emotive sport, and die-hard fans – especially those that rightly expect success at the Bernabeu – are easily riled by events that disrupt the team’s flow. Emotions can cloud a sense of reality, and with that in mind, anyone who doubts Ronaldo’s ability to maintain the club’s reign as European and domestic champions should never hesitate to relive these standout moments.

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A graduate of Staffordshire University, Tamhas Woods has a wealth of experience in sports writing and creating betting-related content.

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