After missing the last two games courtesy of a suspension, Real Madrid welcomed back the world’s most expensive footballer Cristaino Ronaldo against Xerez on Saturday night, and against the Spanish minnows CR9 looked to justify why his 80 million pound transfer fee cost more than the whole Xerez squad put together.
Ronaldo was the star player in a mach that caused Los Blancos more headaches than they were bargaining for.
The first half was a turgid affair in which both sides seemed to struggle to come to terms with the awful bobbly pitch at Xerez. That said, Ronaldo, after taking a few customary knocks in the early stages, had a good one-on-one chance which he yanked wide after 20 minutes, and just before the break Ronaldo skimmed the top of the bar with a header.
After the break Ronaldo stepped up his performance. The tricks and flicks started to flow with more fluency, and it wasn’t long before Ronaldo had yet another effort on target in the 60th minute which forced keeper Renan into a save.
Once Real took the lead though through Alvaro Arbeloa midway through the second half, Ronaldo really began to take over. The Portuguese forward netted his first of the match in the 68th when, arriving at the back stick, Ronaldo met a Kaka cross with a bullet header. Almost instantly Ronaldo then bagged his second of the match, taking up position in the middle of the Xerez area to turn home Kaka’s pass and put the game to bed.
To top things off, in the latter stages Ronaldo entertained onlookers with a fabulous backheeled pass that set up a goalscoring opportunity for Roysten Drenthe.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s match highlights against Xerez can be seen here.