Connect in the back of the net

It’s hard to believe that Cristiano Ronaldo turns 32 in three months: it’s even harder to believe that he is on the same fine scoring form he was six years ago- if not better.

The forward found the back of the net twice as a jaded Real Madrid side narrowly won 2-1 against bottom placed Sporting Gijon.

His second goal- a signature thunderbolt header- against the visitors took his tally to 50 goals in a calendar year for the sixth straight season.

 

Topping the scoring charts

The double also sees him lead the La Liga goal scoring charts with 10 goals in 10 appearances, further advancing Real Madrid’s title charge by creating a six point gap with second placed Sevilla.

Zinedine Zidane’s charges are now on an unbeaten run of 31 games in all competitions and needed the win, more so with their next match being a visit to the Nou Camp for their first el clasico of the season.

With 37 goals for Madrid and 13 for his country, Cristiano is showing no signs of slowing down.

 

Memorable year

The Portuguese has without question had quite a memorable year.

He inspired Real Madrid to claim another Champions League title against Atletico for the second time in three years, before going on to lift the European Championship in France later in the summer.

The exploits put him in pole position to win this year’s Ballon d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

The award- which will be given on 9 January in a ceremony at the FIFA headquarters in Switzerland- will be his record fourth.

 

Not showing signs of slowing down

Having on numerous occasions expressed his desire to retire from football at Real Madrid, Cristiano penned a new 5-year deal at the start of November, one that will see him ply his trade at the Spanish capital until June 2021.

If you ask me, Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t slowing down anytime soon.

 

Written by Brian Humphrey

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