With 18 shots in 180 minutes, Real Madrid record goal scorer Cristiano Ronaldo was again goalless in his second straight match in La Liga as Dani Ceballos secured 3 points for the defending champions in a 2-1 win last night. Famously known for his goal scoring heroics over the years, Ronaldo is expected to score every time he enters the game at any point of time. Whether it’s the first minute of the fame or the final closing seconds, Cristiano has a decent reputation to pop–up within the blink of an eye and turning the game around in Real Madrid’s favour.

Considered as the greatest goal scorer in the modern football era, Ronaldo is always linked with records with his goals scoring exploits whether it’s La Liga where he has won Pichichi Trophy (Top goal scorer) 3-times or the prestigious UEFA Champions League where he turned–out as the top goal scorer in 6 campaigns. While serving his nation, the Portuguese goal machine also passed the great Pele on the list of top international goal scorers last month.

While his Ballon d’Or rival Lionel Messi is up and running with 9 goals this season, Cristiano going by his standard hasn’t even opened his account in the Spanish league yet.

The 32-year-old in his second La Liga match came close by hitting the post twice against Alaves but eventually Madrid had to rope in Ceballos to open the deadlock at Mendizorroza in Vitoria-Gasteiz. 

When asked about the prolific striker’s dipping form, Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane criticised the media for disconcerting their talisman.

 “He’s the same as ever. You (journalists) are there when he doesn’t score but he’s relaxed,” Zidane was quoted as saying.  

Continuing his drought in front of goal, Cristiano has so far made 18 attempts in total, only to remain goalless after coming from a 5-match ban which prevented him to take part in first four league games of this season.

First Published | 24 September 2017 5:35 PM
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