Cristiano Ronaldo has silenced his critics once again, by scoring a brace to guide Real Madrid to an essential 3-1 win against Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League.
The Portugal international has significantly regressed in the 2017/18 campaign, but is finally recovering his form since his return from the winter break. Cristiano Ronaldo ended 2017 in depressing fashion, after failing to make an impact in their disastrous 3-0 defeat to FC Barcelona in the El Clasico.
Sky Sports Spanish correspondent Guillem Balague predicted Ronaldo’s spell at Real Madrid would draw to a conclusion at the end of the season. He went onto fuel rumours surrounding a potential swoop for Eden Hazard in the summer transfer window, to ultimately replace the seemingly struggling Ronaldo.
However, he’s hit back with a hat-trick against Real Sociedad in La Liga on Saturday and an impressive brace against French Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday. Ronaldo’s competitiveness and determination has helped reshape his near future, which was destined to be without Real Madrid just weeks ago.
Real Madrid are currently seventeen points adrift of Spanish La Liga leaders FC Barcelona in a less than satisfactory fourth-place. It’s been a difficult season for Zinedine Zidane, who is incredibly unlikely to defend Real Madrid’s league crown at the end of the season.
So, their concentration has switched to the UEFA Champions League, which they’re notorious for winning, especially in recent history. Los Blancos are aiming to become the first club since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win the European Cup in three successive seasons, and also to become the first club to win the competition in three consecutive seasons twice.
If Zidane can defend their UEFA Champions League crown once again this season, and Ronaldo manages to play a key role in their journey, then the pair’s future will surely be firmly locked at Real Madrid. Ronaldo has a knack of emerging from the dust of his own destruction, and proving his critics wrong time and time again, due to his unique application and footballing qualities.
How Long Does Cristiano Ronaldo Have Left at the Highest Level?
Cristiano Ronaldo was destined for greatness from a very young age, but all good things come to an end. Fortunately, his glistening career is far from over and the Portugal international still has a lot to offer at the highest level with Real Madrid.
He turned 33 in February, which is likely to eventually take its toll on Ronaldo. Unfortunately, Ronaldo isn’t the type of player to drop into a midfield role and endorse his reduction in pace and fitness to play a more restricted role in a deeper position.
Imagine Real Madrid being a rock band. Toni Kroos plays the bass guitar by applying the beautiful symphony behind the scenes, Gareth Bale adds electricity by playing the guitar and Karim Benzema bangs the drums. Cristiano, however, has to be the main man, the frontman of the band, as he always has to be the loudest, strongest and greatest player in the team.
Until the day comes that Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and any other potential arrival exceeds his importance to the team, then Ronaldo will remain at the Santiago Bernabeu. I’ve spent my entire childhood and adulthood idolising Cristiano Ronaldo, which means it’ll be an incredibly emotional day once he finally concludes his footballing career.
The man is unarguably one of the greatest players of his generation and his distinguished career will inevitably end in superstar fashion. Ronaldo sets high standards upon himself, so once the gas is leaking from the tank, he’ll finally exit the world of football. For now, CR7 still has many more memories and moments to create on the world stage.