Why Ronaldo’s return from suspension vs Betis could be explosive

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Ronaldo in action against Real Betis
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Cristiano Ronaldo will feature in his first 2017/18 La Liga game for Real Madrid against Real Betis.

After suffering a domestic five-match-ban for slightly pushing referee Ricardo de Burgos in El Clasico at the Camp Nou, the 32-year-old winger is set for a rapturous start against the Verderones. The superstar’s presence was felt as Los Blancos thrashed APOEL Nicosia 3-0 in their UEFA Champions League group H opening game at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Ronaldo celebrates goal against Real Betis
Real Betis 1-6 Real Madrid! Ronaldo celebrates after scoring his goal.

As a result, Madridistas will certainly be poised to see their talisman showcase another exceptional performance again on Wednesday night. That will be against the Andalusian side at the Bernabeu. But how has Cristiano fared in the Spanish League after his comeback from previous suspension?

In the 2013/14 season, CR7 was sent off in a 1-1 Athletic Bilbao contest at the San Mames and was at the receiving end of a three-match sanction. The iconic number 7 marked his resurgence with a goal at the Vincente Calderon but that was not enough as his team completed the encounter with a 2-2 draw.

Ronaldo is sent off by referee Ayza Gomes in Bilbao game
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Again, Ronaldo received a red card in their 2-1 win away against Cordoba. The forward was handed a two-game-ban and returned to feature in the Madrid derby during the 2014/15 campaign. A 4-0 loss followed as Los Merengues were a pale shadow of themselves. Per this, CR7 fans will hope that there wouldn’t be an occurrence of such a disastrous scoreline.

Concerning the Whites’ next fixture, let’s take a look at Cristiano’s record against Los Verdiblancos. Interestingly, the Portuguese man has suffered defeat only once against Real Betis. Ronaldo boasts of nine wins against the Seville based outfit since arriving in the Madrid capital in 2009.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent stats against Real Betis

  • 2011/12 Real Betis – Real Madrid 2:3 (C. Ronaldo 52′ 73′)
  • 2012/13 Real Madrid – Real Betis 4:1 (C. Ronaldo 81′)
  • 2013/14 Real Betis – Real Madrid 0:5 (C. Ronaldo 10′)
  • 2016/17 Real Betis – Real Madrid 1:6 (C. Ronaldo 78′)
  • 2017/18 Real Madrid – Real Betis 2:1 (C. Ronaldo 41′)

*Ronaldo also assisted Alvaro Morata’s 90th minute goal in their 0:5 away drubbing of Real Betis in the 2013/14 season.

This time, it is expected that the Madeira-born talent bounces back in sublime style. A repeat of the results achieved against Atletico Madrid in similar instances will cast a huge doubt on Real Madrid’s chances of clinching the 2017/18 league title after draws against Valencia and Levante. It might be a major thought in his mind as he approaches this crucial encounter. Good luck champ!

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Ivan is a young Ghanaian football journalist. He is a staunch fan of Real Madrid C.F. and sports in general. He discovered his unique admiration of Cristiano Ronaldo during the player’s early days at Manchester United. Ivan was captured by the skill and personality of the then young Portuguese lad who showed so much confidence at such a big club. He is also a big fan of Cristiano’s antics both on and off the pitch as controversies make this player what he truly is.

Ivan usually spends his leisure time reading, watching sports documentaries and ancient story movies. He describes himself as a person who is always ready to learn at any opportunity and likes to have fun as well.

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