Cristiano Ronaldo's 1.02 goals/game is the best rate of the 6 players w/ 200 for Real Madrid. Puskás next at 0.93.— Paul Carr (@PCarrESPN) May 8, 2013
It was by all means a very special night at the Bernabeu, but especially for Ronaldo, with the goal capping off an otherwise classic week for the superstar—a truly incredible achievement given all that's transpired over the past few weeks.
For it really hadn't been a good run for Ronaldo.
He had witnessed his Madrid self-implode against Borussia Dortmund in Germany and then subsequently be eliminated from the Champions League after the second leg in Madrid.
He himself had dealt with various injury concerns and spent time on the sidelines, and had to fend off vicious allegations that he was having an affair—something that forced him to quickly release a statement via his Facebook page about the rumors.
And with both the European and Spanish domestic titles out of reach, it would have been easy for Ronaldo to simply mail this week in and take it easy.
After all, he has given his all for Los Blancos this year as the statistics tell us, and he himself had just endured one of the more difficult weeks he's ever had.
With transfer rumors continuing to abound about his possible departure from the Spanish heavyweights, surely the superstar winger could be afforded one week where he wasn't so perfect?
Perhaps, but that's not Cristiano Ronaldo.
Regardless of what happened in the week before and in spite of how little they had to play for domestically, Ronaldo still turned up and got the job done.
2 - Cristiano Ronaldo has scored two assists in a single game for first time in all competitions this season. Partner— OptaJose (@OptaJose) May 8, 2013
He netted a very strong goal that gave Madrid the lead after 26 minutes, and his assists throughout the night were inch-perfect.
It was the clinical performance that we've come to expect from the star winger, who despite missing a penalty still chalked up a strong performance.
The 28-year-old was a deserved man-of-the-match, as per usual.
Yet as good as his achievements off the field were, his actions off them have been just as strong this week in lieu of Sir Alex Ferguson's pending retirement.
Having served under the United manager for several seasons (and perhaps becoming the superstar that he is today because of it), the star winger posted a simple yet profound statement on his Twitter account thanking the United manager.
Thanks for everything, Boss. twitter.com/Cristiano/stat…— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) May 8, 2013
Did he have to do it? No.
Would anybody have said anything if he didn't? Perhaps, but the focus would have remained on Ferguson and Ronaldo would quickly have been a non-story.
Instead, the star winger thanked his former boss and therefore ensured that he was just as professional off the pitch as he was at the Bernabeu.
It was a strong week for Ronaldo—leading a dominant Madrid victory over Malaga and netting his 200th goal for the club in the process. However, given all that had transpired in the week or two before for the star winger, it was even more remarkable.
Cristiano Ronaldo is Real Madrid captain tonight.— Nik Postinger (@TouchlineDrama) May 8, 2013
It was a classy and classic week from a man that, regardless of what the rumors might say, has shown to be every bit of a professional footballer.
This week was simply no different.
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