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Cristiano Ronaldo's Biggest Obstacles Against Malaga

VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 05: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between Levante UD and Real Madrid at Ciutat de Valencia on October 5, 2013 in Valencia, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2013

After scoring 12 goals in his last eight games across all competitions, Cristiano Ronaldo next faces up to Malaga looking to extend what’s already been a customarily tremendous beginning to the campaign.

Real Madrid’s superstar talent has coped well with the coming of Gareth Bale and the going of Mesut Ozil, both of which were expected to disrupt the Portuguese captain.

Although a loss to Osasuna before the international break doesn’t speak highly of the Anchovies, Malaga were entering a stronger patch of form prior to that result.

With that in mind, Bernd Schuster’s side will be hopeful of bouncing back at the Santiago Bernabeu, but it’s once again Ronaldo’s input that could well decide the fixture.

The 28-year-old has failed to have a direct hand in a goal in just two La Liga outings this term, one of which was a loss to Atletico Madrid, the other the opening-day victory over Real Betis.

Against Malaga, there are several key figures who promise to disrupt the mercurial forward’s streak of form.

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Jesus Gamez

The player with whom Ronaldo is likely to come up against most frequently is Malaga’s resident right-back and club stalwart, Jesus Gamez.

MALAGA, SPAIN - AUGUST 25:  Jesus Gamez of Malaga CF reacts during the La Liga match between Malaga CF and FC Barcelona at La Rosaleda Stadium on August 25, 2013 in Malaga, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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So far this season, the 28-year-old defender has maintained his role as a strong component in the Malaga attack, creating an impressive eight scoring chances and featuring in every minute of the club’s 2013/14 La Liga campaign.

What’s more, Gamez’s duel success average of 69 percent is the highest of any outfielder in the Malaga squad to have made at least five appearances for the side this term.

 

Weligton

Having battled his way back from injury, Weligton is set to feature in Schuster’s line-up for his first appearance of the season this Saturday in what couldn’t be a much harder return for the 34-year-old.

Coming in for the impressive Marcos Angeleri, Malaga’s veteran centre-back will be a very welcome addition to the side that’s been fielded so far this season and one who’s more experienced in the art of taming Ronaldo.

That being said, Weligton has played against Real Madrid six times in his career, losing five and drawing one, making this weekend as good a time as ever to begin a winning trend.

 

Ignacio Camacho

BARCELONA, SPAIN - JANUARY 16: Andres Iniesta (L) of Barcelona FC saves on a header with Ignacio Camacho (R) of Malaga CF during the Copa del Rey Quarter Final match between Barcelona FC and Malaga CF at Camp Nou on January 16, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. (
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One of the more defensively inclined of Malaga’s midfield members, Ignacio Camacho’s role is likely to be one largely centred on breaking up Los Merengues’ attack before releasing the ball to some of those more offensively dangerous stars.

The 23-year-old hasn’t been quite as impressive this campaign as he’s shown himself to be in recent seasons but will nonetheless be key in restraining the creative juices of Ronaldo along with former teammate-turned-Madridista, Isco.

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