Monday 22 May 2017

Temper, temper: Cristiano Ronaldo doesn't like right-backs stealing his precious goals

Alvaro Arbeloa's first league goal for five years, but Ronaldo isn't happy about it

Your heart goes out to Alvaro Arbeloa, diligent right-back and scorer of a grand total of five league goals in his entire career.

Real Madrid have scored 56 times in their 17 La Liga matches at the Bernabeu this season, and you'd think there would be more than enough to go around.

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However, by stealing in at the far post against Almeria to put the 85th-minute icing on his team's customary home-victory cake, Arbeloa found himself denying Cristiano Ronaldo the chance to extend his lead over close friend and idol Lionel Messi in the race for both the Pichichi and the European Golden Shoe.

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 Ronaldo - one goal ahead of Messi with four fixtures remaining - didn't quite share the rare goalscoring glee of his teammate, thumping the ball back into the Bernabeu net in apparent frustration (still doesn't count, by the way) before leaving the likes of Fabio Coentrao to congratulate Arbeloa on improving his career ratio to an impressive one goal every 53 games.

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The goalscorer, to his further credit, wasn't taking it personally:

"I’m not upset about Ronaldo’s reaction after my goal. It just shows you his ambition to score. No one can be upset about that. He’s fighting with Leo Messi for the Pichichi.

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La Liga's two-horse procession of Barcelona and Real Madrid next rolls up in Cordoba and Seville respectively, and one suspects that Arbeloa has been given some polite but stern advice about where he belongs in the last ten minutes when Madrid are already 2-0 up.

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