Angry Cristiano Ronaldo did not seem to enjoy his game one bit, away to Las Palmas. Chill, CR7! There will be better nights with goals.
On Saturday night, Real Madrid stumbled to their second consecutive draw in La Liga. The UEFA Champions League titleholders have now lost four points in the space of three days, allowing FC Barcelona to be only one point behind in the league standings.
The talk of the night was none other than Zinedine Zidane’s controversial substitution of Cristiano Ronaldo. The 31-year-old forward did not have his best game, as numbers prove it.
During the first hour of the match, the recovering superstar had 5 shots. None of those shots, however, were on target. The first one went way wide on the right as Gareth Bale failed to pick the lose ball. Three were blocked while another one, in the 15th minute, almost transformed into a goal.
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) September 24, 2016
At the break, it was 1-1 as Tana cancelled Marco Asensio’s opener. In the 67th minute, Ronaldo was involved in the play as Real Madrid went ahead through Benzema. However, it took only five more minutes for coach Zinedine Zidane to take CR7 off.
“Cristiano Ronaldo always wants to play. We have a match coming up against Dortmund; that’s why I subbed him out,” the manager told the press in the post-match interview.
Regardless of the reason, it was clear that the number 7 icon wanted to last longer on the field. Have a look at how he reacted in an angry manner when he was forced to come off the field in the 72nd minute of the match:
Cristiano Ronaldo maintained his composure and embraced Lucas Vasquez.
He also responded to his coach’s handshake…
But he did not make eye contact. Vexed!
Ronaldo fans reacting to CR7’s substitution
Zidane taking Ronaldo was logical – tried to keep him from getting hurt – but it backfired. Badly.
— Michael Serrano (@michael_matador) September 24, 2016
Main reason for the draw: Zidane tried to be smart by subbing Ronaldo off, but it costed us 2 points.
— AD (@Goaldric) September 24, 2016
This team is dead w/o a fit Ronaldo. All you modric kroos Isco fan boys etc need to realize we ain’t going nowhere unless cr7 performs.
— Footballogy (@TheFootballogy) September 24, 2016
It’s the whole team’s fault “@Mack90Lucas: Y’all telling me that the team is not doing well and it’s all Ronaldo’s faults?”
— Mangonzima Bongani (@Bongani_Mtotoba) September 24, 2016
Well anyway ronaldo is still the best player in the world bye
— antoine griezmann (@iadorepatrick) September 24, 2016