When football fans saw that Real Madrid had beaten Legia Warsaw 5-1 in the Champions League, they must have been trying to guess how many Cristiano Ronaldo has scored.
Surely he scored at least once but he probably grabbed yet another hat-trick, right? However, as you probably know by now, Ronaldo didn’t actually score. Amazing, isn't it?
Goals from Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio, Lucas, Alvaro Morata and an own-goal completed the rout against the Polish opposition which put Zinedine Zidane’s side on the brink of qualification.
While four goals in eight appearances represents a fairly decent return for many players, for Ronaldo, it’s considered bad form.
However, despite not scoring during Tuesday night’s thumping win, Zidane described Ronaldo’s performance in one superlative.
"He played phenomenally,” the Frenchman said, per AS.
“Giving the ball to others, he had chances but didn't score, but in the game in four days time there's no doubt he'll score."
As mentioned by Zidane, despite not getting himself on the scoresheet, Ronaldo produced a dazzling display. He put the ball on a plate for Asensio to make it 3-1 before half-time and then played a lovely ball through to Morata to make it 5-1 on the 84th-minute.
And the club legend revealed that he was generally very pleased with his side's dominant performance in the Spanish capital.
"I'm happy with the result, the goals, with the way the game went," he said.
"Things can be improved. Our approach was to attack, we took risks and gave our opponents chances.
"The main thing is winning and picking up points, which we've done."
As Zidane claims, “there’s no doubt” that Ronaldo will find the scoresheet when Athletico Bilbao arrive at the Bernabeu on Sunday evening.
Ronaldo and co. will be hoping to continue their impressive start to the league campaign where they’re unbeaten after eight matches. They’re currently level on points with Atletico Madrid at the top of the league - who face a tough trip to third-placed Seville this weekend.
You certainly wouldn’t back against Ronaldo finding the net and silence all those mocking him for failing to score against their Polish opponents.
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