With Holland World Cup goalkeeper MAARTEN STEKELENBURG of Ajax Amsterdam having committed himself already, Portugal World Cup striker CRISTIANO RONALDO of Real Madrid shoots straight down the middle from the penalty spot during the UEFA Champions League match in the Netherlands. (Michael Kooren/Reuters)
In light of another dominant performance from REAL MADRID, who ran their record to 15 wins from 19 matches in all competitions under the command of Portuguese manager JOSE MOURINHO, and considering all the late penalty kicks Portugal World Cup star CRISTIANO RONALDO has been taking lately the question begs — can the world’s most expensive player bag 50 goals for Los Blancos this 2010-11 season?
Of course, both fitness and form will be a vital part of the equation. As will the number of matches Real Madrid plays contigent upon advancement in the Copa del Rey and UEFA Champions League. And, naturally, there will be tight marking along the way.
Also, Los Blancos have yet to play their great rival for the Spanish Primera Division title, FC Barcelona, twice and the competition in the Champions League will only become more formidable as the number of contestants dwindle.
Still, thoughts do tend to wander sometimes at the blog.
Ronaldo scored 33 goals in 35 matches all told last term for Real Madrid after his record-breaking transfer from Manchester United in England, but that was before Mourinho arrived from Italian Serie A side Inter Milan bent on making history at the Spanish capital city club.
Just 25 years of age, conventional wisdom suggests the Portuguese striker has not yet reached his sporting peak.