Cristiano Ronaldo Will Carry Real Madrid in Gareth Bale's Absence

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2014

Bale and Ronaldo: the ultimate galacticos.
Bale and Ronaldo: the ultimate galacticos.Associated Press

He may be the £85 million man, but Gareth Bale's absence for Real Madrid's La Liga clash with Athletic Bilbao on Sunday won't be the fly in the ointment that fans would have initially feared.

Bale has shown impressive form of late, and alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in Madrid's front three, he has forged one of the most dangerous attacks in world football. But with Bale on the sidelines, Ronaldo will almost definitely step up and shine as, let's face it, even the Ballon d'Or winner with no teammates at all would be a dangerous prospect in itself!

Not that anyone could possibly forget him, but the small matter of having the best player in the world on your side will give Madrid supporters that "oh yeah, we're fine" feeling.

Ronaldo has notched 32 goals in all competitions already this season, more than three-times that of the 10-goal Welshman, who picked up a groin injury in the recent 2-0 win over Granada at the Bernabeu. 

Carlo Ancelotti's side hit top gear over winter, and haven't conceded a single goal since their 3-2 win over Valencia way back in December—a run that stretches for nine games; and you have to go back even further to find their last defeat—a September loss to their Madrid rivals, Atletico. 

Cristiano Ronaldo has been instrumental in such an impressive run for Los Blancos, but that rather goes without saying, doesn't it? The man is a phenomenon, and he summed up what he's all about with a remarkable goal away at Real Betis in La Liga last month.

His pace, power, skill and style are unrivalled the world over and being the main man in the white shirt on Sunday will undoubtedly add fuel to his success-driven fire. 

As for Bale, any Madrid fan worried about his injury needs to take a leaf out of the boss' book, who couldn't possibly be more casual about the situation, as announced on the Real Madrid Twitter page.