Spanish football expert urges world to appreciate the talents of Cristiano Ronaldo while they can
Posted: 8 March 2018 Time: 20:00
A Spanish football expert and Sky Sports pundit says football loving fans must enjoy the ability and world-class performances of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo while they can.
The five-time Ballon d'Or winner scored his 31st goal of the season in the 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday, continuing his spectacular scoring record in the competition.
Despite winning 25 major titles and holding a record of 437 goals in 427 games for Los Blancos, the Portugal international still has his critics but experienced football journalist Guillem Balagué feels he needs to be appreciated now at the age of 33.
"We must enjoy him while we can because in terms of pure killer instinct we might never see his like again," Balague told Yahoo Sports. "Once again it was his opener that administered the coup de grace that killed the hopes of PSG.
"And yet this was a game where his performance changed from the first to the second half. In the first half with the absence of Kroos and Modric we saw a Ronaldo who played like a man who felt he had to roll his sleeves up, put in a shift to help the team.
"At halftime he must have been told to get into the box more, to stretch the defence and what followed were two cameos, the first a header that almost sneaked in and then the move that saw Asensio rob Alves and then find Lucas Vazquez.
"Ronaldo was the furthest attacker from the ball only intervening at the end to administer a finish as clinical as it was inevitable; a goal that defined just who he is and just what his value is to this Real Madrid side."