Cristiano Ronaldo is selfish they said…
Ever since Cristiano Ronaldo emerged as a teenage winger at Sporting Lisbon, there has been a commonly held theory about the Portuguese superstar.
Ronaldo plays for himself. Ronaldo only cares about individual records. When Ronaldo’s team mates score he doesn’t celebrate and looks angry.
The fact Ronaldo is always compared to Leo Messi, a superstar who appears to love an assist, also makes these arguments somewhat accentuated.
All the above may be true, but on Tuesday night in Cyprus Cristiano Ronaldo may have ended the “selfish” debate once and for all.
Ronaldo sets up Karim Benzema when it was easier to score
In first half-injury time against APOEL, Real Madrid were 3-0 up and produced a trademark break out of defence.
Toni Kroos played a long low pass to Karim Benzema, who flicked the ball out wide to Ronaldo.
Like we have seen so many times, Ronaldo pulled inside round a defender and drew the APOEL goalkeeper Nauzet Perez.
It looked easier to score than assist for Ronaldo!
It actually looked easier for Ronaldo to score, he had done all the hard work, plus Benzema had already broken his personal goal drought with Real Madrid’s second goal on the night.
Instead, Ronaldo passes to Benzema for the Frenchman to tap home, from arguably a worse angle.
This assist also marked a milestone for Ronaldo, which again smashes the theory that the Real Madrid striker is “selfish”.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s new Champions League assist record!
27 – Cristiano Ronaldo has provided more assists than any other player in the Champions League in the last 10 seasons. Generous.
Perhaps Ronaldo knew there were more goals to be had against APOEL as in the second half, the former Manchester United man did get going.
Ronaldo scored on 49 and 54, to seal his spot as the top goal scorer in the Champions League this season.
He also sealed a remarkable record in the process – the most ever goals scored in a calendar year in the Champions League (18).
Breakdown of the Karim Benzema goal, set up by Ronaldo v APOEL
Twitter hails unselfish Cristiano Ronaldo
If you still think Ronaldo is selfish, you really need to see a doctor.
— A•E EDWARD🇬🇭🇨🇦 (@ae_edwardd) November 21, 2017
Ronaldo taking 3 players for a walk to assist Benzemaa goal yes I don’t wanna hear people calling Ronaldo selfish ever again
— . (@IconicCristiano) November 21, 2017
People criticise Ronaldo for being selfish and lacking dribbling skills. That was beautiful though the skill and then being unselfish to pass it to Benzema when he was 1 on 1.
— ™ (@Tacticomotion_) November 21, 2017
'Ronaldo is selfish and doesn't assist'
— Isco (@Isco_addict) November 21, 2017
But wait…. "selfish" Ronaldo is UCL and Madrid's Liga all time highest assists provider….. Smh
— TUNDE BOB STEVENS (@Bobbykayne_) November 21, 2017
Selfish Cristiano Ronaldo has the most assist in UCL history… #NeverForget.
— Olayinka Ahmed (@GalacticoHD) November 21, 2017
And, there is the record!
18 Champions League goals in a calendar year for Ronaldo!
What. A. Player!
👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/DGwfVyZWlr
— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) November 21, 2017