12 July 2016
Real Madrid super star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was forced out of the Euro 2016 final on Sunday because of an injury to his left knee will be out for three to four weeks, marca.com, a Spanish online sports journal, reports.
The three-time Ballon D’or winner was in tears as he was stretched out of the pitch in the 25th minute of the clash between Portugal and France.
Having undergone medical observation on the Portuguese team’s return to Portugal on Monday, Ronaldo was declared injured for at least four weeks.
This means he will have to sit out Madrid’s pre-season tour of the United States and possibly Madrid’s UEFA Super Cup clash with Sevilla on August 9.
While his teammates are away in the United States on the pre-season tour, Ronaldo will instead focus on recovery at their Valdebebas training ground.
Since Ronaldo arrived Madrid from Manchester United in 2009, he has rarely suffered injury, missing just a handful of matches each season.
However, last season when he suffered a muscle injury in his right thigh which forced him to miss two league matches and the first leg of Madrid’s champions league semifinal match with Manchester City, Ronaldo admitted that now that he is 31 years old, he needs to start learning to take a break and not play every minute of every match in order to endure full seasons.
Already at the twilight of his career, Ronaldo needs to watch how he plays now. He should realise he’s not as physical as he was five years ago, so he should limit his physical game.