Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to continue his incredible record-breaking career once again, aiming for an incredible 70-goal target next season.
The Real Madrid forward netted 60 times in 2011-12 (67 if you count pre-season), but he has now raised the bar for himself once again as he begins a new season in what should really be the peak of his career.
Ronaldo’s energy and motivation to continue his improvement has been evident during the early stages of this summer and echo his early Manchester United days, where he brushed all things aside and focused on becoming an even greater player. He took his momentum from training into the first friendly of Madrid’s campaign vs Bournemouth — they won 6-0. Ronaldo scored twice, including a thumping free kick.
This will be Ronaldo’s fifth season at the club, and with no international duties this summer, it suggests that he is fully prepared to stun the world once again this coming year. New manager Carlo Ancelotti has stated his wishes for all his younger fruits at the club to take Ronaldo as an example, showing how their dedication to improvement can reek the deserved results.
To be fair to Ronaldo, given the huge speculation surrounding his future in recent months, he seems to be doing a great job of keeping his head cool and focused on the things that matters: his performances and his ability to improve.
Ronaldo appeared to be in pretty impressive shape on Sunday, given how early in preseason it is, and his performance matched that too, with the flair and confidence that we all enjoy watching coming at ease once again. For La Liga and perhaps Lionel Messi‘s awards reign, be careful, Ronaldo seems to be determined to evolve into something spectacular once again.