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Real Madrid vs. Rayo Vallecano: Will Cristiano Ronaldo Bring Real Glory

MADRID, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 24:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid celebrates after scoring Real's 4th goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid and Rayo Vallecano at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 24, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Kyle SkovCorrespondent IISeptember 25, 2011

Real Madrid are currently sitting fourth in the table after five games. Madrid has only 10 points out of a possible 15.

Their firepower has been their goal differential, as they've scored 16 goals and only allowed five. Scoring goals is something that is indicative of Real Madrid squads.

The biggest thing that has to be pointed out is that one man, Cristiano Ronaldo, has scored half of the goals.

Ronaldo is arguably the best pure goal scorer in the modern game.

If Real Madrid are going to win the title, Ronaldo will have to play the best season of his life. There is a lot of reliance on the firepower that he has.

Ronaldo scored 40 goals last season and his tally will have to be even higher this season.

Real Madrid have shown that they have moments of sleep during matches. The team as a whole goes into narcoleptic stages; the next thing you know, a man is not marked or space opens up and a goal appears on the score sheet for the opposition.

Trying to score goals and going all out offensively because of a poor defense is not the most reliable tactic.

Cristiano Ronaldo's pace on the wings and ability to move centrally when called upon makes him the most versatile offensive weapon for Real Madrid.

Ronaldo will also be asked to score from the dead ball when necessary.

In games against opponents of similar talent—especially in El Classico matchups—the games will come down to anything that can separate the two squads. Ronaldo’s dead ball strike could be the separating factor and also will be a good decoy threat while deploying one of the other dead ball specialists on the team.

Ronaldo’s offense is not the only thing that will be needed for Real Madrid to obtain glory.

Ronaldo’s strength and ability to track back at times—though he is not a player that does that as often as he should—make him a strong defensive player.

The complete Ronaldo will be needed for Real Madrid to get back to the top of La Liga by the end of the campaign.

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