Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti has calmed the fears of both Real Madrid and Portugal fans by revealing Cristiano Ronaldo didn’t suffer a serious injury against Borussia Dortmund.
The current Ballon d’Or winner was forced from the field during the latter stages of Real’s 3-0 victory against Dortmund in their Champions League first leg clash with an apparent knee problem – but Ancelotti has come out to insist the substitution was merely a precaution.
“He was bothered a bit by his knee, we needed to defend and to avoid any risks, we’ve substituted him. It’s not a problem. He isn’t injured.”
“At this moment we’re not concerned by the niggle. If it continues, naturally we’ll rest him but we’re not thinking about that because the player is calm. There’s not a problem at the moment,” said Ancelotti.
With Real facing a crucial few weeks, having a fully fit Ronaldo is essential to the Spanish giants hopes between now and the end of the season, which sees the club being tipped by a number of Betfair fans to go on and win the treble.
And with the World Cup edging closer, Portugal fans are rightly nervous about anything happening to their talisman and captain ahead of this summer’s tournament in Brazil. The presence of Ronaldo in the Portugal side makes them a tempting bet for many Betfair punters who believe the team could be possible dark horses for the title this summer.
Ronaldo has once again been in prolific goalscoring form again for Madrid this season, scoring his side’s third against Dortmund to earn himself a place in the record books alongside Lionel Messi and Jose Altafini on 14 goals scored in a single European Cup season. One more goal to his name and Ronaldo will have 50 goals in all competitions this season.