Cristiano Ronaldo has been banned two matches for his red card vs. Cordoba on Jan. 24.
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Ronaldo Banned 2 Matches for Red Card
Wednesday, Jan. 28
Spanish newspaper AS reports that Ronaldo has been banned two matches for his red card against Cordoba:
Ronaldo Sent Off vs. Cordoba
Saturday, Jan. 24
Triple Ballon D'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo saw red on Saturday afternoon after he was sent off for Real Madrid against lowly Cordoba.
The Portugal superstar was given his marching orders on 82 minutes after striking out against an opponent, leaving the referee with little choice but to send the mercurial attacker off.
101 Great Goals captured the moment on social media as CR7 saw the red mist:
Soccer Gods noted another moment from the frustrated superstar:
AS English translated an apology Ronaldo released on Twitter:
The game was tied at 1-1 when Ronaldo exited the pitch but the Galacticos edged the affair overall, winning 2-1 after a Gareth Bale penalty sealed the points.
Ronaldo is now likely to be suspended for three matches, as violent conduct constitutes a longer ban. However, following the match, Marca.com's Staff reported there's still a chance Ronaldo is only banned for one match:
In his report after the game between Córdoba and Real Madrid, referee Alejandro Hernández Hernández didn't refer to violent conduct when describing the reason why he sent off CR7. "In the 83rd minute Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the following reason: kicking an opponent when the ball was out of reach", the report read.
The Refereeing Committee will decide over the next week how long Ronaldo will be suspended for. At the moment, he is certain to miss the game against Real Sociedad next Saturday. If the ban were to stretch to more than two matches he would be forced to sit out the Madrid derby against Atlético, as Real must play the rearranged clash against Sevilla in between, but the referee's decision not to qualify the star's actions as violent conduct could yet help his cause.
The former Manchester United player has been in exceptional form once again this season, but Madrid should have enough coverage to cope without their star for a few fixtures.
This term, CR7 has smashed an amazing 28 goals in just 18 La Liga games, also providing nine assists for his teammates, per WhoScored.com.
Arguably, Ronaldo has started to increase the gap between himself and Lionel Messi in the past year, but the next three games could be an opportunity for Barcelona to catch Madrid.
The Camp Nou team are close to the league leaders and can leapfrog Los Blancos if they slip up.
Ronaldo will surely feel disappointed with his actions, but he clearly let his emotions get the best of him, proving even the best can appear flawed at the vital time.
The Portugal captain will be back on the pitch soon, and there is little doubt he will hit the ground running when he returns. The ban will allow him a short break to heal the minor injuries he has had in the past 12 months, and that will be a huge positive for Madrid in the second half of the season.