Ronaldo Banned for 2 Matches due to Red Card

Jonathan Salaver, Staff Writer

On January 24th Cristiano Ronaldo was banned for 2 matches and received a red card while playing Cordoba. The game was tied at 1-1 when Ronaldo was sent off, but the team was glorious in the end with a 2-1 win from a Gareth Bale penalty kick, which sealed the victory. In his report after the game between Córdoba and Real Madrid, referee Alejandro Hernández didn’t refer to violent conduct when describing the reason why he sent off CR7. “In the 83rd minute Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for the following reason: kicking an opponent when the ball was out of reach”, the report read.

Ronaldo is now likely to be suspended for longer as violent conduct leads to a longer ban. The former Manchester United player has been in excellent form once again this season, but Madrid should see to their next few matches without their star player for a few matches. This season, CR7 has smashed an amazing 28 goals in just 18 La Liga games, also providing nine assists for his teammates.

Ronaldo will surely is disappointed with his actions after letting his emotions get the best of him and proves even the best can be flawed at times. The Portugal captain is expected to return to the pitch and there is disbelief that he will return too harshly as his ban allows him to heal the minor injuries received in the past 12 months. This will hopefully prove to be a positive for Madrid in the second half of the season.

Debatably, Ronaldo has started to increase the gap between himself and Lionel Messi in the past year, but the next few games away could be enough for Barcelona to catch Madrid.