Real wait for mis­fir­ing Ron­aldo to ig­nite

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here -

REAL Madrid are hop­ing Cris­tiano Ron­aldo can end a lean pe­riod in front of goal as they at­tempt to keep their noses in front of a tight five-way race atop La Liga at Alaves to­day.

Madrid bounced back from a four-game draw streak in style by scor­ing 20 goals in win­ning their last four out­ings to move back top of the ta­ble and take big strides to­wards progress in the Cham­pi­ons League and Copa del Rey.

How­ever, Ron­aldo has scored just one of those 20 and his re­turn of four goals from nine ap­pear­ances is by a dis­tance his worst strike rate at this stage of the cam­paign since join­ing Madrid seven years ago.

Ron­aldo was even whis­tled by Real's de­mand­ing fan base at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu dur­ing last week­end's 2-1 win over Ath­letic Bil­bao.

Al­varo Mo­rata came off the bench to grab a late win­ner against Ath­letic and also struck twice in a 7-1 maul­ing of Cul­tural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wed­nes­day to move ahead of Ron­aldo with six goals this sea­son.

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