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Cristiano Ronaldo misses four open goals in a row in training.

Cristiano Ronaldo misses four open goals in a row in training

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Cristiano Ronaldo netted a superb hat-trick against Wolfsburg in midweek to help Real Madrid seal their place in the Champions League semi-finals.

However, a few days later and the three-time Ballon d’Or winner couldn’t hit a barn door in training.

A 30-second clip has emerged of Ronaldo taking four consecutive shots at an empty net and missing the target with each attempt. (Scroll down to see the footage).

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Cristiano’s first effort was from about 35 yards out and he narrowly fired wide of the left post - not a disgraceful attempt.

His second effort was a lot worse: a sliced shot from 25 yards that flew high over the crossbar. This was followed by a controlled left-footed attempt from the edge of the box, which he steered wide; and then the prolific forward hit a bouncing ball over the crossbar from inside the penalty area.

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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo misses four open goals

Considering Ronaldo’s magnificent goalscoring record - 46 goals in 42 appearances this season and an insane total of 359 goals in 342 appearances since joining Los Blancos in 2009 - this is footage you simply don’t expect to see.

Zidane: I can rely on Cristiano for goals

But his manager, Zinedine Zidane, certainly isn’t concerned.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday’s La Liga clash against Getafe, the Real Madrid head coach insisted he can always rely on Cristiano to score goals.

"It has always been like this with Cristiano," Zidane was quoted as saying by Goal. "There are always moments when an attacker does not score, but Cristiano never needs to worry about it because he will always score goals.

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"You can see on his face that he is very happy. We are pleased with everything. We always try to make sure the players are at ease.

"Cristiano will be playing again versus Getafe."

That will come as a shock to nobody.

Ronaldo desperate to win La Liga - and the Pichichi

Ronaldo has netted 12 goals in his last nine appearances for Real Madrid and will be keen to boost his side’s chances of winning La Liga by securing all three points this weekend.

Furthermore, the Portuguese will be desperate to add to his goalscoring tally in order to boost his chances of winning the Pichichi.

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Ronaldo currently leads the race for La Liga’s top scorer award, four goals ahead of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez.

Another hat-trick this weekend and Ronaldo will almost certainly secure the Pichichi for the fourth time in his career.

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Topics:
Zinedine Zidane
La Liga
UEFA Champions League
Real Madrid
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Cristiano Ronaldo

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