Few can argue that Real Madrid are slightly off the boil at present despite putting three past PSG in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
League form has been a significant cause for concern for the Real hierarchy with head coach Zinedine Zidane’s job hanging in the balance.
So much so in fact, that unless an unprecedented third straight Champions League title is secured, a P45 will no doubt be finding its way onto the world cup winners doormat.
However, it is not all doom and gloom for the Madrid side, as mentioned, Los Blancos have one foot in Europe’s elite club competition quarter finals and although the 3-1 score line may have flattered Real somewhat, that matters little when it is the finest of margins that decide the fate of a game.
Let us not forget, Real also possess a man who is capable of turning the tide, one man who is capable of single handedly raising the game of all ten men around him and most importantly, a man who is capable of winning a game when all is lost.
Need a clue?
We are of course talking about Cristiano Ronaldo.
Many people have accused Ronaldo of going through a slump of form that is costing Real Madrid dear, however, that is a little unfair.
Ronaldo is the main man at Real and has been ever since his £80million move from Manchester United in 2009, and for good reason.
The 33-year-old holds the record for most official goals scored in the top five European leagues (377), the UEFA Champions League (116), the UEFA European Championship (29) and the FIFA Club World Cup (7), as well as most goals scored in a UEFA Champions League season (17).
Already this season alone, Ronaldo has 25 goals in 29 games in all competitions and scored his 100th and 101st Champions League goals for Real Madrid against PSG on Wednesday night.
So why has it appeared to go quiet at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium?
Points make prizes
Placing a bet at a live betting site with the betolimp for Madrid to claim the La Liga title would be foolish this season with Barcelona so dominate, but more often than not Real have been their own worst enemies.
In January alone, a shock 1-0 home loss to Villarreal and a draw away to Celta Vigo cost Zidane’s men five points they would normally have scooped up with little issue.
December brought the El Clasico 3-0 hammering by Barcelona, but it was the shock 2-1 defeat to newly promoted Girona at the end of October that first raised the warning signs.
At 33-years of age, Real Madrid have proved they are too dependent on Ronaldo and that simply was never going to last forever.
Gareth Bale was supposed to be the man to take over the mantle, but injuries have seemingly all but put paid to that and the club have failed to recruit adequately.
The blame cannot be laid at Ronaldo’s door but as the icon of the club comes responsibility.
All eyes will be on the Portuguese superstar maybe for the last time as the only man capable of saving Real Madrid’s season with the Champions League title a must to save a poor campaign.