Manager Carlo Ancelotti is not willing to take any risks, but if his trainers give the okay, Ronaldo could return to action on Wednesday, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal Real Madrid will play versus Bayern Munich FC.
The Real star is nursing some problems with his knee and hamstring and has missed the last four matches for Madrid, however, having him for one of the most important game for “Los Blancos” could be the difference between winning or losing, especially considering that Gareth Bale is reportedly suffering from a case of the flu and he has been instrumental in keeping the Spanish team in contention with Ronaldo on the bench.
But if the Portuguese striker is not given the all clear to return against Bayern Munich, things could be difficult for Ancelotti’s men, who will be facing one of their biggest nemesis at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It is important to remember that Bayern’s Pep Guardiola has pretty much owned Real on their own turf, he is undefeated against Madrid, but for all the advantage Munich would have without Ronaldo playing, the Spanish skipper wants him to play. He is a fan:
Guardiola: “I hope Cristiano Ronaldo plays tomorrow. It's a match in which we want to put on a show for the fans.” pic.twitter.com/nbV71nY4xt
— TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) April 22, 2014
Guardiola: "I hope Cristiano can play. We play for the public, who wants to see the best. The best there is Ronaldo." pic.twitter.com/dgrcptO5sj
— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cr7Prince4ever) April 22, 2014
Another reason Cristiano Ronaldo wants to be in the line-up against Bayern in the UCL is because he is one goal away from the all-time goal record in a season in the Champions League. He currently has 14-goals.
Not only that, but Real Madrid is going for its first UCL final in 12-years and their 10th title, more than any other team.
Cristiano Ronaldo needs only 1 goal to break the record of most UCL goals in a single season. RT to wish him luck pic.twitter.com/ekaWdPiQbe
— Real Madrid In Heart (@RMinOurHeart) April 23, 2014
This has undoubtedly been the year of Ronaldo, winning the Ballon d’Or and standing as the leader in goals scored for La Liga and Champions League is no easy feat.
As the game is only a few hours away at the time this article was drafted, there is great speculation about whether Cristiano will or will not come off the bench to play in “El Clasico de Europa”, when Real Madrid faces-off against Bayern Munich FC in the Spanish capital. The last time “Los Blancos” lost to the Germans at home was in 2001. Kick-off is at 7:45 pm local time.
Do you think Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the field in time for the Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich FC UEFA Champions League semi?