Cristiano Ronaldo was fortunate to escape without punishment when he kicked out at an opponent during Real Madrid’s 5-1 win over Sporting Gijon.
Ronaldo’s moment of madness came in the 51st minute when he reacted to Nacho Cases blocking him off by booting his opponent from behind.
The kick, somehow, went unpunished with Ronaldo claiming it had been “instinctive” - but admitting that he shouldn’t have reacted.
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“It was instinctive,” the 30-year-old said. “They could have shown me a yellow card. If I kicked him on purpose he would not have got up. I shouldn’t have done it.”
Ronaldo’s frustration may have stemmed from losing out to Lionel Messi during last week’s Ballon d’Or ceremony, meaning that the Argentine now leads him by five crowns to three.
It may also come from the fact that his side currently face a transfer ban for the next two windows, meaning that the Portuguese star may not get his dream return to Manchester United due to the club being unwilling to sell their star players.
The Bernabeu side have started brilliantly under their new boss with a 5-0 victory over Deportivo La Coruna in his first match followed by this equally convincing win against Gijon.
The home side were 3-0 up inside just 12 minutes against Gijon with Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and then Karim Benzema effectively finishing the match just after it had started.
Zinedine Zidane’s side were 5-0 up at half-time with further goals from Ronaldo and Benzema.
However, it wasn’t the perfect day for the French manager as he lost both Bale and Benzema to injuries while Ronaldo was lucky to remain on the pitch.
Should Cristiano Ronaldo have seen red for his kick?