Real Madrid’s new manager Carlo Ancelotti must be a very happy man as his team’s Portuguese phenomenon Cristiano Ronaldo has set himself a new target for next season – to hit a record total of 70 goals.
Ronaldo has been in unbelievable form coming into the pre-season, the hunger and enthusiasm shown by the player unmatched by any in the squad. Looking forward towards the upcoming campaign, he hopes to carry forward his determination and reach figures he has yet to achieve in his amazing career so far.
During his stay at Madrid since 2009, his best goals tally came in the 2011-12 season, just three goals short of his new target, scoring an incredible 67 times – 60 of them coming in official competitive matches and seven in pre-season friendlies.
Ronaldo has already made a flying start to achieving his aim by scoring two goals in the first pre-season match against newly-promoted Championship side Bournemouth, which Madrid won 6-0.
His most prolific pre-season was the one before the 2011-12 season when he notched up seven goals in eight appearances and went on to break all his personal records by the end of the main season.
In his first pre-season with Madrid in 2009, the Real Madrid ace had scored three goals in nine fixtures.
The next pre-season in 2010 saw him return with his poorest haul of just one goal in five matches. Ronaldo grabbed two goals in four games this before last season's campaign.
He is expected to surpass his highest pre-season tally of seven goals this time as after having had the whole summer off - unlike some of his Spanish and Brazilian teammates who were participating in the Confederations Cup in Brazil.
The Portuguese national team captain has been a model professional and has arrived at Madrid’s pre-season training fitter and leaner than one would normally expect after being away for so much time.
The way he has conducted himself in training drills, constantly driving to further better himself, has got Ancelotti so impressed that he has encouraged the youngsters in the squad to follow and learn from the star’s attitude and commitment on the field.
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