It’s been a quite phenomenal week for Cristiano Ronaldo as he returned from winning a fifth Ballon d’Or, to once again be Real Madrid’s attacking talisman.
In the 5-0 victory over Sevilla he scored two goals and finally looked the player everyone knows him to be in a domestic match.
His performance on Saturday continued a streak that has carried on throughout his career that, whenever he has lifted the famous individual award, in his next Real Madrid match he has gone onto score in a heavy victory.
The fact that individual awards mean a lot to the former Manchester United star is no secret, yet the Ballon d’Or seems to repeatedly energise him.
Ronaldo’s record after picking up the trophy
Ballon d’Or 2013: Real Betis 0-5 Real Madrid (Ronaldo scored one)
Ballon d’Or 2014: Getafe 0-3 Real Madrid (Ronaldo scored two)
Ballon d’Or 2016: Real Madrid 5-0 Granada (Ronaldo scored one)
Ballon d’Or 2017: Real Madrid 5-0 Sevilla (Ronaldo scored two)
Domestically, Ronaldo’s contributions have been nonexistent this season and it’s no coincidence that this has seen Los Blancos struggled to come close to putting pressure on Barcelona at the top of the league.
On the four occasions he has lifted the trophy since joining the club, he has scored a grand total of six goals in his very next match.
Ronaldo’s previous triumph actually came in 2008 when he was playing for Manchester United, the tradition though hadn’t yet started as his very next match was a 1-0 victory over Sunderland yet it was Dimitar Berbatov who scored.