Cristiano Ronaldo could only stand by and watch - or cry - as Real Madrid were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage by Juventus on Wednesday.
The Portuguese superstar was pictured weeping after the full-time whistle went as his side's European title defence ended at the Bernabeu - however it turns out they could have been tears of joy rather than despair if he'd been more willing to influence the outcome of the game.
Although it was Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale who came in for the most criticism for his performance against Juventus, the match stats show that while the Welshman touched the ball 50 times, Ronaldo mustered just 39 touches - the least of any player who played 90 minutes wearing white that night.
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It would have been a source of frustration for the Portuguese superstar that he was unable to affect the outcome of the game despite the fact that he'd opened the scoring. Ronaldo's penalty after 23 minutes had Real Madrid going through on away goals, however former Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata levelled things up in the second half to ultimately knock the defending champions out.
Real Madrid's exit was made all the more painful by the fact that Barcelona had already booked their place in the final in Berlin next month thanks to a 5-3 aggregate win over Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
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That means that Lionel Messi will not only be able to help his side dislodge Madrid as champions, but also reclaim the all-time European goalscorer record. The duo are currently tied on 77 goals each after Messi failed to get on the scoresheet against Bayern but the Argentinian will have the chance to make the record his own on June 6.
According to former Real Madrid director of football Arrigo Sacchi claimed this week that the reason behind Ronaldo's struggles was a lack of fitness. He said: "For three months now Cristiano Ronaldo has not gone past a player," the former Italy boss said. "He scores goals, as he is a fighter, but he is not fit."
The former Manchester United ace Ronaldo has scored 52 goals in 45 La Liga and Champions League games this season.
Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to do the impossible; score an incredible amount of goals while somehow managing to be criticised for his poor form.
Ronaldo's knee has undoubtedly been a problem for him this season and at the start of 2015 he was undoubtedly struggling, but in recent weeks his goalscoring has picked up and he now has two more goals in La Liga than Messi. The end may not be a million miles off but it's not here quite yet.
Does this season show that Ronaldo is finally past it?
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