Report: Real Madrid Held Meetings to Improve Cristiano Ronaldo's Form

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 24, 2018

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Spanish league football match between Real Madrid CF and RC Deportivo de la Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on January 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / OSCAR DEL POZO        (Photo credit should read OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid reportedly held a meeting over the winter break to discover a solution to Cristiano Ronaldo's poor form this season.

According to Marca's Jose Felix Diaz, president Florentino Perez discussed the issue with captain Sergio Ramos, and the pair agreed for the defender to "lead an inquest."

In turn, Ramos had dinner with Ronaldo as well as Marcelo and Luka Modric, which "reiterated the club hierarchy's respect and gratitude" for the forward.

According to Diaz, the "therapeutic meeting" was among many that took place, and Real believe it was successful.

Ronaldo had scored just four goals in La Liga prior to the winter break in a dismal domestic campaign personally and for the club.

He failed to find the net in Los Blancos' first two league fixtures of 2018, the 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo and the 1-0 defeat to Villarreal, but in Real's last match, he struck twice as they beat Deportivo La Coruna 7-1.

Squawka Football noted his improvement:

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Cristiano Ronaldo's game by numbers vs. Deportivo: 30 (97%) passes completed 7 shots 3 take-ons completed 2 goals 1 chance created 1 assist More like it. https://t.co/wWAqs5PDGV

Ronaldo is 33 next month, so it's not too surprising even he is suffering something of a decline, but his form in the UEFA Champions League—in which he has nine goals—shows his time at the top is not yet over.

Real are 20 points behind Barcelona in La Liga, a gap that should prove insurmountable, but it's nevertheless vital for Madrid that Ronaldo return to form, as they're locked in a battle to qualify for the Champions League next season.


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