Cristiano Ronaldo; should he have been handed a longer ban?

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There's no doubting that when we talk about the world's finest players, Cristiano Ronaldo deserves to be right up at the top.

Aside from perhaps Lionel Messi, there is no one in today's game that is able to compete at the same level as the Portuguese. A relentless desire to be not only better than Messi, but to be recognised as the best ever is what drives Ronaldo on to bigger and better achievements.

His goals-to-games ratio this season speaks for itself and when you consider that he was medically advised to take it easier this term because of a degenerative knee condition, it makes his prowess even more remarkable.

To put his goalscoring into perspective, he already has more goals than every team in La Liga bar the top six. It's an astonishing rate of scoring.


However, when things don't quite go as planned, we still see a bit of the petulance that has followed him throughout his career.

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The posturing following a lack of penalty decision or otherwise has become an accepted part of his game. It's a more violent side that's beginning to rear its ugly head that's a little concerning.

Against Atletico Madrid earlier in the season for example, Ronaldo was extremely lucky to escape without so much as a caution when, following a corner, the Portuguese was seen to punch Atleti's Diego Godin, leaving him writhing on the floor in agony.

His most recent indiscretions against Cordoba however were not only unnecessary, but could've seen Real drop vital points in the title race.

Available for Madrid derby

Only Gareth Bale's last minute penalty saved Los Blancos from a humiliating draw against a side that were rock-bottom in La Liga until just recently. Ronaldo had already slapped Cordoba defender Jose Angel Crespo at a corner before then lashing out and kicking Edimar, before landing another blow on Crespo.

A red card was the only option available to the referee and it was duly brandished. Such an act would conceivably have merited a minimum three-game ban.

Despite pressure being put on the Spanish FA by both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona for a longer sanction, the governing body surprised everyone by banning Ronaldo for just two games - meaning he is available to face Atleti in the Madrid derby in just over a weeks time.

Politically motivated?

Suffice to say that it's a decision that's not gone down well with both the Rojiblancos and the Blaugrana. Could it be politically motivated perhaps? One of the games of the season played to a worldwide TV audience doesn't have quite the same appeal without its star player in situ.

The referee's report from the game notes that Ronaldo was sent off for the kick but doesn't mention either of the other two indiscretions. It allowed La Liga chiefs to give Ronaldo the minimum ban possible, but it still leaves a sour taste.

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James Rodriguez
La Liga
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid
Karim Benzema
Gareth Bale

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