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Cristiano needs to play with total freedom


To try and bury Cristiano is an absurd waste of time. For all the predicted declines they want to make about the Ballon d’Or winner, reality shows us an insatiable player who’s rare slumps in form (as he has experienced in the last few weeks) can be explained by a simple issue related to his injuries. Being well physically, he will continue to torment all of his enemies’ defenses.

Andorra are weak, but four goals not to be scoffed at 

I know that Andorra are a weak side and do not demand as much from you as Europe’s best do, but no one can deny that these days all teams know how to nullify the world’s best players: you just need to see how Albania are the current leaders of the Spain and Italy’s World Cup qualifying group to realise that.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to score his second goal against Andorra.
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Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to score his second goal against Andorra.RAFAEL MARCHANTEREUTERS

Cristiano is here to stay: Long live CR7

Cristiano’s four goals against Andorra are products of his freedom on the field, something which is well designed by Fernando Santos. I read the other day an article by my colleague Guillem Balagué that said, from here on in, Gareth Bale must play with total freedom. But I say there should be not one toll or red light put on Cristiano’s own liberty. At 31 years old and with a body better looked after than La Meninas, Cristiano is here to stay. Long live CR7.


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