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Why people shouldn't be worried about 'concerning' Cristiano Ronaldo stat

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Cristiano Ronaldo suffered the rare fate of being substituted off in Real Madrid's fixture against Las Palmas on Saturday night.

The Portuguese forward lasted just 72 minutes before being removed from the fray, and his substitution in the 2-2 draw only adds to the frustrating start to a season that began with a knee injury keeping him sidelined.

And, in light of his latest disappointment, Spanish publication, Sport, revealed Ronaldo has actually endured his worst statistical start to a campaign since arriving at Madrid.

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Usually a prolific goalscorer, the former Manchester United star has racked up an incredible 366 goals in just 351 games for Los Blancos.

However, Ronaldo has found the back of the net just once so far this season in La Liga. Per Sport, the multi-time Balon d'Or winner has never entered the seventh round of league fixtures in Spain with less than three goals to his name.

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Indeed, you have to go all the way back to the 2008-09 season, when Ronaldo was still plying his trade at Old Trafford, when he only had one goal to his name at this stage of the season.

But, whilst some in the Spanish media appear to be trying to claim Ronaldo may be on the decline, the stats don't tell the whole story.


The 31-year-old missed Madrid's first three games of the season as he was recovering from a knee injury suffered in Portugal's Euro 2016 final against France this summer.

To claim, then, that his form has fallen off the edge of a cliff in 2016-17 is unfair. In reality, Ronaldo has scored once in three games, not six. 

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Although that may be below his usual, very high standards, that isn't too bad a scoring rate for any other striker.

Plus, he got his name on the scoresheet in Real's opening Champions League fixture against Sporting Lisbon. So that's two goals in four outings thus far.

And, as his substitution yesterday proved, Ronaldo is still working his way back to full fitness.

Coming off the back of a season in which he racked up 51 goals in 48 appearances, it is far too early to write the Portugal star off just yet.

He may not yet be in the running for La Liga's Pichichi award, but you'd be a brave individual to bet against Ronaldo breaking into double figures in goals scored over the next few weeks.

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