Real Madrid and its new lineup proved to be unstoppable, winning the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla. Cristiano Ronaldo was the star of the match, scoring a brace with the help of some of his friends.
Ronaldo wasn’t playing alone; even though he scored two beauties, local Gareth Bale had an excellent match in his return to Cardiff, his hometown. Bale was crucial in winning Real Madrid’s first trophy of the season, as were newbies James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos. Los Blancos showed a glimpse into what La Liga can expect to see this year, and the rest of the teams better pay attention.
With their impressive new lineup, which also includes Karim Benzema and goalie Iker Casillas — who returned to good form following Spain’s shocking exit from the 2014 World Cup — Real is going to be very hard to defeat. Of course, Madrid was playing a much weaker team, Sevilla, in their first major match of the season.
No matter how many stars Real Madrid signed over the summer, Cristiano Ronaldo is still the master for Los Blancos and proved why he is still the one who can define a game — with some help from the rest of them. Perhaps it helped that a lot of the focus was on Welsh player Gareth Bale’s return to Cardiff. All the distraction meant that not everyone was talking about Ronaldo.
The Portuguese striker seemed to be in good physical form, following a disappointing World Cup which saw his team exit in the first round. Ronaldo had been plagued by injuries in the latter part of La Liga season and was sidelined by Real Madrid manager, Carlo Ancelotti, on several occasions because of problems with his knees.
On Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo proved why he is still the one for Ancelotti. The 29-year-old scored at 30 and 49 minutes to put away the match and win his first UEFA Super Cup. Following the medal ceremony, Ronaldo expressed his happiness and praised his team for the excellent start to the season:
“This is a very special moment for me. I really wanted this trophy, because I’ve never won it before. The team has been really good, I have to congratulate them. We wanted to give ourselves confidence for the rest of the season and we’re started the best possible way.”
Cristiano Ronaldo continues with his impressive campaign at Real Madrid. During his time with Los Blancos, he has scored 254 goals in 247 matches, with 137 of them at the Bernabéu (113 away and four on neutral ground). The UEFA Super Cup is just the beginning of what promises to be exciting times for Carlo Ancelotti’s team.
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