There was no doubt that Real Madrid needed nothing but a victory against Las Palmas on Sunday.
Defeat against Girona last weekend saw them fall eight points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga, while their 3-1 defeat to Tottenham in the Champions League dented their confidence even further.
After Barca’s victory against Sevilla earlier in the weekend, Zinedine Zidane’s side simply had to win.
And they did, running out comfortable 3-0 winners.
While it was a good night for Madrid, it wasn’t necessarily a good night for their star man - Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Portuguese superstar has scored just once in seven La Liga matches this season and has the worst shot to goal ratio in Europe’s top five leagues with one goal from 48 shots.
And you can see that it’s affecting him.
Ronaldo doesn’t look happy during matches and that could be seen during their victory over Las Palmas.
He provided a beautiful cross for Isco for Madrid’s third goal but his reaction summed it up. He didn’t celebrate and looked pretty annoyed in all honesty.
And Sergio Ramos revealed why.
When asked why he appeared to be sulking when Isco made it 3-0, Ramos explained Ronaldo’s state of mind.
"Cristiano goes home upset when he doesn't score, but he does make a difference," Ramos told Movistar Partidazo, per the Mirror.
"Cristiano and Karim [Benzema] will score goals soon enough.
"We do not worry if they have only scored a few goals because they both make a difference and what matters is winning."
While that mentality could be deemed as selfish, this attitude is how Ronaldo has reached the top of the game. His determination to become the best has seen him do just that and he is set to win his fifth Ballon d’Or in January.
Ronaldo's message to his haters
But after Madrid’s loss to Spurs in the Champions League, Ronaldo had a strong message to all of his haters.
"I'm super calm. Today, having a good performance doesn't count for you. All it counts is goals, goals, goals," Ronaldo told reporters in the mixed area.
"My stats, I'm not going to talk about it, you go to Google, 'Cristiano Ronaldo goals' and there they are, all of them. That doesn't concern me at all."
He’ll just be hoping nobody googles ‘Cristiano Ronaldo goals 2017/18 season’ because there won’t be much to see…
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