Even though we realized he is only human, it seems that even Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t quite as invincible as we all thought.
After sustaining an injury in last Sunday’s 2-2 Clasico draw against Barcelona, Ronaldo admitted to being worried about the extent of the injury and its long-term prognosis, though his Real Madrid team did not share that same concern, according to manager Zinedine Zidane.
The question of the extent of the severity will be the central question moving forward. After getting treatment during the intermission of the game, Ronaldo was able to come back and play for a spell, only to quickly remove himself in the second half of said game.
But the somewhat meaningless Clasico match is only the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to Ronaldo on the playing field. The bigger questions for him surround his long-term availability for Real Madrid, and perhaps even more importantly, his availability for Portugal’s national team in the forthcoming World Cup.
Zidane and Real Madrid have been mum on the full extent of Ronaldo’s injury, but while the coach said that he believes Ronaldo will be “150 percent” moving forward, as a result of his ridiculously good conditioning, and committed that Ronaldo remained as motivated and ambitious as ever. However, the team, as a whole, was clearly non-committal about how much time Ronaldo would miss, if any, as their La Liga games begin to wrap up before the start of the Champions League.
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The European tabloids have done their best to stir up headlines in light of Ronaldo’s injury, even going as far as saying it could lead to long-term risks, but that’s likely little more than an exercise in capitalizing on the hysteria of the star’s injury.
Initial reports emerged that Ronaldo sustained heavy bruising, which did not include any damage to any bones in his foot. In the immediate days after the injury, Ronaldo himself appeared to be in good spirits, indicating the inflammation around his ankle had reduced greatly since the injury took place, and that he was even able to put a limited amount of weight on the foot and ankle.
But the rest of Ronaldo’s country won’t care nearly as much about his readiness for La Liga play, as they will about his readiness for World Cup play. That goes for the rest of Portugal’s team as well. Portuguese football manager and former player José Mourinho understands what’s at stake as much as anyone in the nation. With Ronaldo in the lineup, many people believe Portugal could be among the favorites to win it all this year, even after being eliminated in the group stage in the last World Cup.
Mourinho made waves recently when he said that “nothing is impossible” when Ronaldo is in the lineup, and commented that the country boats “an interesting squad” with Ronaldo in the lineup.
But if there’s anything we know about Ronaldo, it’s that we shouldn’t count him out in any way. It’s no secret that he is one of the fittest men in the world, taking absolutely immaculate care of his body through a truly world-class training regimen.