Cristiano Ronaldo produced one of the best no-look passes you’ll see this year during Real Madrid’s training session in Shanghai on Wednesday.
The three-time Ballon d’Or winner kept his eye on the ball as it dropped from the sky, before looking away, extending his left leg and allowing it to bounce off his foot into the path of a teammate.
Ronaldo’s moment of magic was made all the more magnificent by the fact he waved to somebody in the crowd while the ball bounced off his foot. (Watch the video by scrolling down to the Instagram video on this page).
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The short video, which was uploaded by Real Madrid’s official Instagram account, is guaranteed to go viral - and had already attracted well over 50,000 likes within the first hour of being published.
Ronaldo and co. are currently preparing to face AC Milan at the Shanghai Stadium on Thursday afternoon and were put through their paces by Rafael Benitez earlier today.
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Ronaldo looking sharp in pre-season
Real Madrid have started well under Benitez, winning two of their opening three International Champions Cup (ICC) matches - against Manchester City and Inter Milan - in style.
Los Blancos lost their opening ICC match against AS Roma, but only after a penalty shoot-out. Benitez’s men were finding their rhythm following their summer break.
Ronaldo is looking sharp and still has another there matches - against Milan, Tottenham and Valerenga - before Real Madrid’s La Liga opener against newly-promoted Sporting Dijon on August 23.
The Portugal captain will once again be under pressure to score a goal a game this season - these are the remarkably high standard he has set for himself since arriving at the Bernabeu six years ago - but he will also be under pressure to ensure Real Madrid end the campaign with at least one major trophy following last season’s disappointments.
Real Madrid should win silverware this season
Real Madrid’s galaxy of stars watched on as Lionel Messi and co. lifted all three major trophies in Luis Enrique’s first campaign in charge of the Catalan giants.
There’s little doubt that Real Madrid possess a squad good enough to compete for both the Champions League and La Liga titles this season - even though both Barcelona and Atletico Madrid look strong.
Real Madrid’s hopes of winning the league title, though, could be enhanced still further if they manage to secure the services of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea.
A deal remains a real possibility, even though Real Madrid aren’t prepared to use their new club captain Sergio Ramos as part of the deal.
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