During his six-year spell at Manchester United, Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of a long-time injury only once. But in less than two months since playing competitive soccer for Real Madrid, the 24-year-old winger has already sustained two serious injuries.
With Los Blancos against Marseille, Ronaldo picked up an ankle injury and was therefore forced to miss his sideâ€™s crucial game against Sevilla.
However, the committed Portugal captain was keen to lead his country against Hungary in what was a do-or-die affair.
“I felt good but was not one hundred per cent,â€ Ronaldo told AS.
â€œI had a little trouble but I wanted myself to help my country to go to the World Cup.”
Indeed, Ronaldoâ€™s involvement in the game was crucial; he initiated Portugalâ€™s opening goal and from there, the 2004 European Championship runners-up were given the confidence to break Hungary into pieces.
But yet again, Cristiano Ronaldo did not power his country to success at no cost. The current World Player of the Year suffered a lot from his ankle injury and thus had to come off before 30 minutes had ran down the clock.
Quick reports suggested that Ronaldoâ€™s injury would see him miss Portugalâ€™s final World Cup qualifying match against Malta. But that was not all in reality.
According to AS, the worldâ€™s most expensive signing might also miss Real Madridâ€™s La Liga game against Valladolid this weekend as well as Los Blancosâ€™ crucial UEFA Champions League encounter against Italian giants AC Milan.
Ronaldo returned to Madrid for a scan on his ankle and medical statement explained that the player would be sidelined for much more time that it was expected.
“After the clinical examination and MRI scan, the player has suffered a recurrence of his injury to his right ankle. The minimum estimated [recovery] time is three to four weeks.”
Being sidelined for almost a month is a huge setback for Real Madrid especially, and for Ronaldo himself as a professional.
Definitely, it is too early in the season for Ronaldo to be subject to plagues. Still, he insists that it is nothing too serious.
“The injury is different from the one that needed an operation. It has nothing to do with it.
â€œI’m calm because I know that with the desire I have to bounce back and with the good work of physiotherapists at Madrid everything will go well.”
We all know Ronaldo as a fully determined person. Even after his ankle operation at Old Trafford, reports showed the play maker having several fitness sessions in order to recover as early as possible.
The concern here is surely not about Ronaldoâ€™s strength in mentality but about Ronaldoâ€™s protection. The â‚¬ 94 million signing personally avowed his wish of never having to sustain injuries anymore.
“I will work very hard to shave some time off, but the important thing now is to recover well and never to have these problems.”
Cristiano Ronaldo fans around the world will all hope for the same thing. Now, the question here is whether Ronaldoâ€™s fitness issues are purely a natural thing.
I am sure everyone still remembers the story of the voodoo priest who sent a letter to Real Madridâ€™s club president Florentino Perez.
Parts of the wizardâ€™s letter wrote:
â€œI have been hired to make Cristiano Ronaldo suffer a serious injury. I canâ€™t promise that it will be a serious injury but heâ€™ll certainly be out of action more than playing.â€
â€œItâ€™s a step-by-step process and depends on various factors so the result you are looking for is achieved sooner or later.â€
Is it a coincidence that Cristiano Ronaldo has already suffered two injuries since being cursed by the infamous voodoo priest?
Some people may want to brush this possible cause aside. Either way, the reality is that Cristiano Ronaldo is suffering from plagues since his game against Marseille early in October and he might only return to the field in November.
Another reality is that Cristiano Ronaldo, who is normally a prolific goal scorer despite not being a striker, would have scored zero goals throughout the World Cup qualifiers. Astonishing!!!
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