Real Madrid was left to fight to win their Champions League group without superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who suffered a minor injury on the weekend. The Portuguese forward has been, by far, the world’s best and finest player in the world this season, and has his team fighting for their elusive 10th Champions League crown. Ronaldo is playing the best football of his career and with Lionel Messi out with an injury; he is considered the world’s best at the moment.
A convincing victory against bottom dweller Galatasaray by four goals to one sees them atop group B and progress to the next round. They did not need Ronaldo or his impressive goal tally, as they easily dispatched Roberto Mancini’s men at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. Real boss Carlo Anchelotti relied heavily on new boys Isco and Gareth Bale, who did not disappoint.
The newest recruit from Tottenham, Bale, played the best game of the season for his new team and scored one of the most impressive goals of the season from a free kick. His long range strike surprised the helpless Fernando Muslera and landed beautifully in the back corner of the net. He showed that with Ronaldo out, he can be Madrid’s bright spark; it was a truly inspiring performance from the Welsh winger.
Fellow new boy Isco, who joined the Spanish capital from fellow La Liga outfit Malaga, made sure that the lead was not only held, but increased. Filling in for Mesut Ozil, who left for Arsenal, he played like a true Real Madrid great and showed glimpses of why people consider him one of the finest midfielders on the planet.
Madrid boasts an incredible side even with Ronaldo sitting on the bench. This team can go all the way, and if Ronaldo is healthy, they are without a doubt one of Europe’s finest sides. Their slow start is partly due to the fact that they have added so many new players. They seem to have found some rhythm, so look for them to be crowned for the 10th time in their illustrious history in May.