After scoring three goals in the past two matches for Real Madrid, it seemed that Cristiano Ronaldo was back in top form to lead Los Blancos this season. Unfortunately, Ronaldo was subbed out at halftime during the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid after appearing to have injured the same knee that was giving the 2013 Ballon D’or winner problems last season and in the World Cup. Ronaldo was rested much of the preseason as manager Carlos Ancelotti planned to give his star winger plenty of time to recover after suffering a knee injury during the 2013-14 campaign.
Despite only playing 16 minutes during Madrid’s U.S. Tour, Ronaldo was given the start against Sevilla in the UEFA Cup Final. Ronado ended with man of the match honors after scoring two goals and leading Madrid to another trophy. Ronaldo claimed that he was feeling great and declared that Madrid were going to repeat as Champions League winners after Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas were brought in during the offseason. In Madrid’s next match, a friendly versus Italian club Fiorentina, Ronaldo once again scored after a great pass from Angel Di Maria. Although Madrid eventually lost the match, Ronaldo looked to be in great shape and ready for the Super Cup against Atletico.
Early on in the match, Ronaldo showed signs of frustration and pain after suffering a few tackles from Atletico’s defense. It was clear to Ancelotti that he had to sub Ronaldo off. World Cup 2014 Golden Boot winner Rodriguez ultimately replaced Ronaldo in the second half of the Super Cup and scored his first official goal for Madrid. The match ended as a 1-1 draw and Madrid now head to Vincente Calderon Stadium for the second leg of the Super Cup.
In his post-game interview, Ancelotti said he believed that the injury wasn’t serious. Let’s hope that Ronaldo can join his teammates on the pitch for the highly-anticipated second leg of the Spanish Super Cup.
Asheer Mahbob is a soccer writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @el_especial24.