The Portuguese may be getting older but he can still dribble like he used to at Manchester United
Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t the swashbuckling winger he used to be.
At Manchester United the Portuguese would play out wide. He’d stand players up, bamboozle them with his footwork, go round them, and fire at goal.
He enjoyed taking on opposition players and used his speed and athleticism to cause all sorts of problems – any Red Devils fan who saw him play can vouch for that.
But Ronaldo’s role has changed over the past few years at Real Madrid.
He’s getting older and apparently no longer capable of playing out wide. His legs aren’t quite what they were, and he has been forced to adapt to ensure he remains one of the best players in the world.
Fortunately he has been able to do so. Today he’s a penalty box predator. The Perfect goalscorer. A greedy, hungry striker ready to stick the ball in the back of the net.
It is because of this – his ability to make it seem like he’s never played any other position on the pitch than centre-forward – that many seem to think he is no longer capable of dribbling past players at high speed.
But he proved this most certainly isn’t the case in Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Tuesday night.
Picking up the ball in the middle of the park, the Portuguese went on a sensational run.
He beat opposition players, demonstrated his pace, agility, footwork and skill. He even managed to get a shot away at the end of it all.
It was exactly like watching him in action as a youngster – and both Manchester United and Los Blancos supporters loved it.