Updates from Friday, Sept. 26
Cristiano Ronaldo has made the astounding claim that he can get into even greater physical shape, despite his free-scoring start to the season.
Ronaldo was quoted saying by FIFA.com:
I feel good and without any pain. I am still improving and I have a little way to go so I want to continue like this.
I can still be better physically. I trained really hard during the break after not having a good pre-season, but now I feel confident and without pain.
Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 24
Carlo Ancelotti has spoken of the excellent condition Cristiano Ronaldo has rediscovered early in the 2014-15 season, following a summer of fitness concerns.
He needed a period of time in which to work; he has done that with the discipline and professionalism that he has. He's in very good physical shape, he's motivated and he's scoring a lot of goals.
Updates from Monday, Sept. 22
Cristiano Ronaldo will not be rested by Real Madrid when Elche visit the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday.
Carlo Ancelotti said of his star man at Monday's press conference:
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 16
Real Madrid confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo is in Real Madrid's squad for Tuesday's Champions League match vs. Basel:
Updates from Friday, Sept. 12
FIFA.com provided an update on Ronaldo, courtesy of manager Carlo Ancelotti:
"Cristiano is in top shape. He has trained very well this week and I think he is in optimal condition," Ancelotti said on Friday.
And the Italian also rejected suggestions Ronaldo had suffered a chronic knee problem by continuing to play despite suffering from patellar tendinosis in his left knee last season. "It is clear that Cristiano plays when he isn't tired or there is no risk of him injuring himself. That is what we did last season and I don't think he played too much last year, he only played when there was no risk of being injured.
"At the end of the season he had some problems but I think his overall performance was very good because he scored a lot of goals. Cristiano doesn't have a chronic injury. He had a problem last year with his patellar tendon that has completely recovered."
Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 9
AS updated Cristiano Ronaldo's status for Real Madrid's next match:
Cristiano Ronaldo is back in training with the Real Madrid team in the second of the week's sessions with the Madrid derby ahead this week-end. After not being chosen to play for Portugal, (who was humiliated at home by Albania) everything points to Cristiano returning to the starting eleven on Saturday (20:00).
Updates from Monday, Sept. 1
Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo will return for Real Madrid's first game back after the international break, against Atletico Madrid.
Cristiano is alright, but we opted for him to rest this week and over the next couple of weeks so that he's in tip-top condition to face Atlético and for the first Champions League match
Updates from Saturday, Aug. 30
SuperSport provide an update on Cristiano Ronaldo's status:
Updates from Friday, Aug. 29
Cristiano Ronaldo's struggles with injury continue, after Portugal left the Real Madrid star out of their latest squad for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifier with Albania.
Boss Paulo Bento claimed Ronaldo needed to rest, per ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:
Ronaldo not in Portugal squad for upcoming games as Paulo Bento says "he's not in condition to play" [via @AlvaroMonteroTV ]— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014
Bento on Ronaldo "His fitness, regardless of whether he has played regularly, does not allow him to compete says our medical dept."— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014
Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Real Madrid confirmed Cristiano Ronaldo's involvement in Monday's match vs. Cordoba:
Updates from Sunday, Aug 24
Phil Kitromilides of Real Madrid TV has the latest on Ronaldo ahead of Monday's match:
Ancelotti "Cristiano is fine. He trained well today. He's available for tomorrow's game",— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) August 24, 2014
Updates from Friday, Aug. 22
Real Madrid posted their lineup for Saturday's match on their Twitter feed, and Ronaldo was absent:
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 21
Cristiano Ronaldo is fit for the second leg of Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup clash with Atletico Madrid.
Carlo Ancelotti confirmed the news, via Real Madrid TV's Rhiannon Jones:
Ancelotti confirms Ronaldo is OK to play tomorrow v Atleti. #SuperCopaDeEspana— Rhiannon Jones (@rhiannoncwjones) August 21, 2014
The two sides are locked at 1-1 after the first leg, during which Ronaldo had to be subbed at half-time, but Dermot Corrigan of ESPN FC also notes the positive news coming out of the Madrid giants:
Ronaldo apparently fine to play Supercopa leg two tomorrow, trained with group today http://t.co/tLY08F7ZJa— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 21, 2014
Marca provides clarification that Ronaldo's latest injury is not the same knee problem that plagued his summer:
Although many people were originally concerned that his left knee had given out again, the truth is that the Portuguese star suffered from a muscle problem in the rear of his left thigh.
Real Madrid's latest assault on fresh silverware has taken a dent with news that Cristiano Ronaldo may once again be sidelined by the injury problems that have haunted him in recent months.
Javier Garcia of Los Blancos' official website reported that Carlo Ancelotti has played down the latest injury to CR7 after Madrid's 1-1 Spanish Super Cup draw with neighbours Atletico, and that the club will monitor the player in the coming days:
“He felt something and was uncomfortable. We’ll evaluate it tomorrow, he’ll undergo all the checks and we’ll see what it is. It doesn’t seem to be anything serious,” Ancelotti said.
Bleacher Report's Ryan Bailey, Will Carroll and Guillem Ballague discussed the long-term impact on Ronaldo's body after the news broke of his most recent problem, and discussed how he will need to be micro-managed to prolong his career in the game:
ESPN FC's Real Madrid correspondent Nicholas Rigg reported that on this occasion Ronaldo has suffered a back injury rather than sustaining any damage to his weakened knee.
Sports journalist Godwin Enakhena confirmed during the Super Cup match that Ronaldo's back injury was the reason for his early substitution:
Being reported that a back injury forced Ronaldo off at half-time. Interested to hear verdict from Ancelotti in post-match presser— Nicholas Rigg (@nicholasrigg) August 19, 2014
Ronaldo's back injury snapped again and he's not out for the second half, his place takn by James Rodriguez. Game on.— Godwin Enakhena (@genakhena) August 19, 2014
Despite the repetitive nature of Ronaldo's injuries, he has still been as influential as ever over the past year.
The 29-year-old had been in prolific form before the World Cup, scoring 31 goals in 30 La Liga matches, per WhoScored.com, and breaking a Champions League goalscoring record by hitting the back of the net 17 times in a single campaign.
Ancelotti and Florentino Perez will surely be concerned about the long-term health of their most prized asset and Madrid may have to use the current Ballon d'Or holder less frequently in 2014-15.
Ronaldo has seen so much action on the pitch since he broke through as a teenager for Sporting Lisbon and then Manchester United, and the wear and tear he has suffered is now starting to manifest.
WIll Cristiano Ronaldo's persistent injuries shorten his career?
It could be the case that James Rodriguez's purchase was influenced by the possibility that Madrid will have to take a different stance with Ronaldo and how they physically manage his body.
The player still has years left in him but if his body denies him the opportunity to make it on to the field of play, his preparation will need to be radically changed and revisited.
Madrid will now hope he recovers in time for Friday's second leg, when Real head to Atletico needing to score at least once.