Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid Star Must Keep Shooting and Stop Talking

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent ISeptember 9, 2012

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 29:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid strikes the ball during the Supercopa second leg match between Real Madrid and Barcelona at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 29, 2012 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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The key for Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the top of his game and find happiness once again is simple: Keep shooting and stop talking. 

In order for Ronaldo to bounce back from his recent image setback, he must keep firing away at the opponent's net. Oh yeah, and keep the off-field expressions to a minimum.

At the end of the day, Ronaldo is not going to be judged as an elite soccer player by what he has to say, but rather how he performs on the pitch. 

His 46 goals in 38 Spanish La Liga matches last season helped Madrid to a league championship and proved that few—if any—players aside from Barcelona's Lionel Messi can impact a game the way he can. 

It doesn't matter what his teammates think, or whether he is truly the best player on the planet—Ronaldo gets paid to perform and has the resume to prove he's a once-in-a-lifetime talent. 

One-hundred-and-fifty goals in 150 matches? 

That's right, no reason to be sad, Cristiano. Just keep shooting, and keep scoring goals. Let everyone else have their opinions. 

At age 27, Ronaldo is just entering his prime and has many stellar years ahead of him. The goal-scoring machine has a golden future to focus on, he just must not know it yet. 

Of course, struggles are a part of the game. And when you're a player of Ronaldo's caliber, getting paid €13 million per year and dealing with sky-high expectations, there will be plenty of moments when you're challenged off the field for those struggles.

Nonetheless, Ronaldo should be and is above all of that. 

He has two goals on 19 shots in three La Liga appearances with Real Madrid this season. Believe me when I say that Ronaldo must add to that shot count if he is going to rediscover happiness on the pitch. 


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