5 times Cristiano Ronaldo silenced his critics this season
If you just sit down and help yourself to a host of Lionel Messi videos for about a couple of hours, you'll understand the greatness of 2 people. Firstly, and obviously, you'll appreciate the diminutive Argentine and then you'll acknowledge the greatness of Cristiano Ronaldo because providing competition and even outperforming Leo Messi might just be the hardest thing to do in the world of football.
This season, however, Cristiano Ronaldo started off on the wrong foot. He had just four goals to his name in the first half of the season in La Liga. Though he was performing well in the Champions League, he was still being written off in many circles.
However, Ronaldo has stuck to his habit of sticking it to his haters and making them eat their own words. So, let's take a look at 5 times Ronaldo did that this season:
#5 When he exacted revenge on Barcelona and Messi
El Clasico is a sporting spectacle and Messi and Ronaldo have truly elevated it over the past decade or so. Last year, towards the fag end of the season, Barcelona edged past Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a late Lionel Messi strike. The Argentinian magician celebrated by removing his shirt and holding it out in front of the Santiago Bernabeu faithful.
How could Ronaldo just leave it be? So when Real Madrid eviscerated Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup at the Camp Nou, Ronaldo scored and returned the favour. He stood in front of the Barcelona fans and proudly held his shirt out so that they could read the name of their tormentor clearly.
It was a moment that Madrid fans were eagerly waiting for. Ronaldo outshining Messi to kick off the season was the perfect start Zinedine Zidane's men could ask for even though things turned ugly afterwards with Ronaldo getting sent off and suspended after pushing the ref for booking him for simulation.