Cristiano Ronaldo vs Celta Vigo (Away) Individual Highlights 17/05/2017 HD
This was Ronaldo’s first away game in La Liga in little less than two months, as Zidane had been resting him regularly to ensure he reached the final stage of the season ready to fire. And boy has that plan worked out perfectly.
Playing alongside Benzema as part of a two-man attack, due to Isco’s attacking midfield role, Ronaldo could hang around up top and wait for chances to come. There was great economy about his opening goal; one touch to shift the ball away from Facundo Roncaglia, another to arrow a shot through the Argentina centre-back’s legs and right in the corner where goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez had no chance.
We did not see much of the Portuguese until early in the second half, when he was lurking right on the shoulder of the last defender, and then calmly again took one touch to control and another to ping the ball to the net. Again Sergio could only watch. It was deadly finishing of the highest quality. At his best both physically and mentally at the moment, Ronaldo has 13 goals in his past eight games in all competitions.
Almost as an afterthought, Ronaldo’s double on the night took him to 368 goals in league competition for Manchester United and Madrid. This took him past 1960s England striker Jimmy Greaves to become the top scorer ever across Europe’s top leagues.
Individual stats were not the aim on Wednesday though, and Zidane removed his top scorer with the game won and six minutes still remaining. This was all about ensuring Ronaldo and his side remained on course for the title.