Real rally round Ronaldo in his quest for goals records
With the La Liga title effectively in Barcelona’s hands, Real
Madrid are doing their best to help Cristiano Ronaldo set new goal-scoring
records as their campaign draws to a close.
The Portugal forward bagged his second hat-trick in as many
matches in the 4-0 demolition of Getafe at the Bernabeu on Tuesday, making it
seven scored in the last four days and taking his league tally to 36.
He set a new club record of 49 goals scored in all competitions
for a season, passing the previous best of 47 set by Ferenc Puskas in 1959/60.
Ronaldo is also just two short of matching the league record of
38 achieved by Real’s Hugo Sanchez in the 1989/90 campaign, and Athletic
Bilbao’s Telmo Zarra in 1950/51.
“Our objective now is to help Cristiano to be league top
scorer,” Real striker Gonzalo Higuain told reporters.
Ronaldo moved five ahead of his great rival, Lionel Messi of Barcelona,
who has 31 league goals so far, but he is still three short of the World Player
of the Year’s season tally in all competitions of 52.
Real’s players were clearly looking to set up Ronaldo at every
opportunity against Getafe as the 26-year-old scored with a header and a goal
off each foot.
“We still have one objective, which is to ensure Ronaldo
finishes as league top scorer,” Real assistant coach Aitor Karanka said.
“It’s logical that some of his team mates look for him.
“The goals record is down to the unity of the team and the
enormous potential that he has. We don’t know where Cristiano’s limits are.”
Real and Ronaldo have two league matches left this season, away
to Villarreal and at home to Almeria.
Mourinho vs Valdano
Real coach Jose Mourinho was conspicuous by his absence in front
of the media again, as a new rift appeared in the strained relationship between
him and the club’s director general Jorge Valdano.
The Portuguese has not spoken in public since UEFA gave him a
five-match touchline ban in European competition last week for his sending off
and verbal outburst against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first
“Mourinho decides when he wants to speak and when the
opportunity is right,” Argentine Valdano told Spanish television.
“There has been a lot of noise connected with him and it was
important he stepped to the side for the decibels that surround him to go
Mourinho’s spokesman countered soon afterwards:
“Valdano is the spokesman for Real but not for Mourinho,” Eladio
Parames told Spanish radio.
“When Valdano says Mourinho took a step to the side he is deluding himself.
Jose will make noise when he wants to and he will without ambiguity.”