Ronaldo denied right before The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017

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Ronaldo in Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar

The party was supposed to begin at the Santiago Bernabeu and continue all the way in London, United Kingdom…

Real Madrid 3-0 Eibar. Three points, three goals, but none for Los Blancos’ all-time topscorer, Cristiano Ronaldo. It was indeed a frustrating night for the aging athlete who has been far luckier in his preferred competition, the UEFA Champions League.

While he counts five goals after Matchday 3 in Europe, CR7 possesses only one goal and one assist in La Liga. Sunday night’s clash at home to Eibar could have seen him net at least a couple of goals on any other night but goalkeeper Dmitrovic produced excellent saves to deny the number 7 forward both from close and long range.

Real Madrid’s goals came courtesy of a Paulo Oliveira own goal in the 18th minute and quick-reflex strikes from Marco Asensio (28′) and Marcelo (82′). A vital win for the defending league champions who remain third behind second-placed Valencia and five points off leaders Barcelona (25).

Nonetheless, die-hard Cristiano Ronaldo fans on Twitter were left with a bitter taste in the mouth. Some pointed out Zinedine Zidane’s tactics which played the 32-year-old out of position while others blamed the younger ones in the team for being “selfish”.

Either way, The Best FIFA Football Awards 2017 ceremony is finally less than 24 hours away. Cristiano Ronaldo is vying for back-to-back triumphs in the Best FIFA Men’s Player category. Eternal rival Lionel Messi as well as World Football’s most expensive signing ever, Neymar Junior, are the two other nominees in contention for the prize.

Following a very successful year both individually and collectively for club and country, all the odds are in CR7’s favor to scoop the award in London, come Monday, October 23. One or more goals against Eibar would have, however, been a delightful way to get the party started…

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