Osasuna and their away fans will be at the Santiago Bernabeu to face Real Madrid on Sunday evening. Cristiano Ronaldo was the victim of death threats from Osasuna supporters when Los Blancos came up against this side in La Liga earlier in January. Controversy and the hostile atmosphere gave Cristiano Ronaldo a bad night in a game that finished goalless only to frustrate the entire Real Madrid team more.
This weekend, Real Madrid will have no right to slip up again. The race for La Liga title is very tight at the top of the table. Barcelona will favor the Spanish giants should they drop points away to Villarreal, but Real Madrid will need to make sure that they take full advantage if such a case occurs.
For Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 20 goals in La Liga up to date, Real Madrid’s home match against Osasuna presents many implications. As the 2009/10 season heads towards its end, every step is crucial. It’s time for Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most expensive player, to defy underdogs from destroying Real Madrid’s hopes of stealing La Liga title away from holders Barcelona.
So please, a goal at least, M. Ronaldo. Let Osasuna fans eat their hearts out and Real Madrid keep winning. In the meantime, it would be nice to see FIFA deal seriously with death threats issues at stadium. Freedom of expression is nice and pressure is needed for the atmosphere to be even more thrilling. But danger is definitely not required in football.
Angela Asante, Footballfantalk.com