Cristiano Ronaldo could miss Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League first leg against Manchester City next Tuesday.
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Ronaldo, 31, suffered the thigh injury during Real’s 3-0 victory over Villarreal on Wednesday and the Spanish giants have confirmed he is undergoing treatment.
In a statement on the club website, Real had the following to say about their star man:
Following tests carried out today on Cristiano Ronaldo in the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscle strain in his right thigh.
His recovery will continue to be assessed.
Ronaldo has scored 47 goals in 44 games in all competitions for Real this season and losing him for this crucial match would be a massive blow. After Real lost 2-0 at Wolfsburg in the first leg of their UCL quarterfinal, Ronaldo dragged them into the final four with a hat trick in the second leg to led the Madrid club to a 3-2 win on aggregate.
He is also the leading goalscorer in UCL history with 93 goals to his name, 10 ahead of second-place Lionel Messi.
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If he misses out on the first leg in Manchester at the Etihad Stadium, City’s fans will rejoice. The former Manchester United star is the biggest threat for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side but then again they also have Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and James Rodriguez to fill in for him.
Let’s see if Ronaldo plays any part in Real’s La Liga clash at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday as Zinedine Zidane’s side sit just one point behind Barcelona in the race for the Spanish title.