After a terrible run of form at the start of this season, Cristiano managed to come back in striking fashion scoring 21 goals in the last 13 games. He’s currently the top scorer in UEFA Champions League and is only behind Messi in the La Liga Pichichi race.
Only a few days ago, he scored a brace against Salah’s Egypt in the final minutes winning the match 2-1 for Portugal. However, despite this incredible tally, he was nowhere to be seen against the Dutch National Team last night.
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Netherlands scored thrice in the first half with Depay, Babel, and Van Dijk registering a goal to their respective names.
The Netherlands locked up Ronaldo tonight 🇳🇱🔒 pic.twitter.com/11ttMbXgJR
— B/R Football (@brfootball) March 26, 2018
While the Dutch rallied, Cristiano couldn’t register a single shot on target and was replaced in the 68th minute. That was the first time Ronaldo has been kept without a shot on target for club or country all season long.
It’s also interesting to note that Netherlands couldn’t manage to qualify for the World Cup this year. It shows that Portugal are probably too much dependent on their star player, and fail to perform when he’s out of form.
This should be a wake-up call for the Portuguese, who are only 2 months away from the start of the World Cup.