In the world of football, just like in any other aspect of social life, a lot of things add to the spectacle of the game. The showbiz aspect of players, theme songs of teams and managers, trademark celebrations and lately, player acronyms.
The 'BBC' of Benzema, Bale and Cristiano, is the latest in the string of superhero-like acronyms of playing duos and trios. Liverpool have the ’SAS’ for Sturridge and Suarez, Chelsea bear the ‘Three Amigos’ being Oscar, Mata and Hazard, United have the ‘Double R’ for Rooney and Robin(van Persie) and now,thanks to £100 million, Real Madrid have the latest edition, the ‘BBC’.
Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo make up the Bernabeu’s terrific trio- well, atleast according to their fans - and there has been a lot of talk since the calamitous Clasico defeat to Barca. A half-fit Bale had a Classico to forget while Benzema did not even start. However, the BBC was in full flow a few days later against Sevilla when they combined to devastating effect, scoring seven times. It was almost mythical, something straight from a comic book, the manner in which they tore apart Sevilla.
That form carried on against Rayo Vallecano as the BBC once again four days later when they
again combined to lead the ‘whites’ to a 3-2, albeit nervy, win. Bale, Benzema and Ronaldo were fantastic once more in their movement, understanding and co-ordination and they needed to be in full flow again when they faced a daunting trip to the Juventus Stadium.
Luckily, though they were not as destructive as they were in the previous games, they still managed to combine for both goals. Ronaldo stuck out a leg and diverted a poor back pass
from Caceres to Benzema who turned, run at the retreating Bonnuci then played in Ronaldo who finished calmly past a helpless Buffon. It was a wonderful move from the two and it drew them level. Benzema was not involved for the second one though, as Ronaldo squared to Bale who took a touch inside Asamoah then fired crisply past Buffon. Sublime.
You get the feeling that Florentino Perez had pictured this in his mind, initially with Neymar, but in Bale he acquired the next best thing. The tripod packs a mean punch and on the evidence of the past week, the BBC may end up being exactly what Los Merengues needed to conquer Europe and fulfill the much coveted La Decima.
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