All those awards won by Cristiano Ronaldo for 2016 do not seem so fitting at the start of this new year. The Portuguese continues to maintain his admirable competitive gene for a guy with nothing to prove, but he is physically far from his best and looks uncomfortable with his new position on the field.
Run less to score more
Playing as a No.9, Cristiano spends a lot of time without a whiff of the ball and, in his desperation, drops too far back in search of it, leaving his team without a reference point and playing in areas where he’s not a threat to the opponent.
Cristiano has to get used to being more influential in the outcome than in the game itself; focusing on finishing chances that come his way rather than wearing himself out in unwinnable races. His physical power has helped him to spend many years playing a certain way, but now he has to run less to score more. And Cristiano, who knows himself better than anyone, will come to understand that quickly.