Cristiano Ronaldo is no longer a speed demon...apparently. The Real Madrid star has reportedly lost some of his blistering pace because of a long-term injury.
The Mirror report that the former Manchester United man has been playing with an injury for the past three months.
It appears, then, that Ronaldo has been playing with a patellar tendon problem - the same injury that kept him on the sidelines for a month during the 2013/14 campaign.
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The Portuguese ace has wowed us with his pace time-and-time again over the years, but he may well have to change his game as he approaches the latter stages of his career.
Despite the injury, the 30-year-old remains one of the leading players in world football. After scoring four goals against Swedish outfit Malmo in the Champions League on Tuesday, Ronaldo broke yet another record by hitting 11 goals in the group stage.
But is he as prolific as last season? Well, in La Liga, Ronaldo's statistics haven't been so good...
Most players would be extremely happy with 10 goals in 14 league games, but the Portuguese star will be well aware that he can do better. Last season, despite often being overshadowed by Barcelona ace Lionel Messi, Ronaldo struck an incredible 48 goals in 35 appearances. Now that is quite the return.
Ronaldo's dominance in the game is by no means over. He remains Real Madrid's talisman and could yet inspire Rafa Benitez's side to glory this season. The Portuguese star is still the greatest attraction in Madrid and he won't want that to change for some time yet.
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