On Saturday Night, just after Cristiano Ronaldo, sidestepped his match winning penalty into the back of the net and gave Los Blancos their 11th Champions League Title, he was quoted saying that he was still the number one, and all criticisms of him were fuelled by jealousy. Just in that moment, adding on to his shirt tearing exploit, the football world got a greater argument on which to shame the Portugese, as well as his teammates.
The Portugese was invisible the whole night, missing a clear cut headed chance and caught being too cheeky in a one on one with Jan Oblak, but still had the last laugh with his penalty. A man who hasn’t been present for any of the Merengues’ important moments this season. Invisible when Madrid fell 3-2 at Seville, last seen missing 2 sitters in the Clasico, too busy whining during their 2-2 draw at Valencia and missing the chance of the game as Real ran out 1-0 losers at the Vincente Calderon in February. It’s a common judgment of the masses, does this man deserve to boast about his performance on the field. 51 goals, only 12 of which in all competitions were in positions where Real were trailing or locked in a stalemate. No goals against PSG, Man City or Atletico In the Champions league over 480 minutes against these sides. While many would say the 31 year olds inevitable decline is still to come, I have to argue that it is already behind us. While he is still the best striker in terms of positioning and finishing, the stepover King, the free kick maestro, the Aerial Annoyance and the Cristiano of old is something I’m afraid we will never witness again.
While Cristiano was busy nursing his ego In the San Siro, the new spearhead of the BBC, ( just my opinion) Gareth Bale was trying to make things happen ( at least he was trying ) the Welshman set up Sergio Ramos’ opener with his newly found amazing heading ability, after that, he saw a shot cleared of the line, a overhead fail miserably, and a long ranger which our friends up on Mars would’ve cherished. However, to be completely honest, the most expensive signing in the world has been absolutely mercurial this season. 29 goals, 18 assists, the ability to beat any man with his strength and speed, and an ego one hundredth of that of Ronaldo. The perfect man to carry on the Real Madrid torch.
Karim Benzema…. King of controversy, God of Confusion. I just can’t make up my mind about him, the best link up play in the world at times, horrid finishing at times, moments of magic, mixed with absolute embarrassment, in Milan, the French Ace missed a clear cut chance and showed despicable decision making skills as he was substituted for the ever ready and brilliant Lucas Vasquez. The French international however did come up with countless goals which helped the Galacticos a lot, finishing behind Lionel Messi with 24 goals in La Liga.