FIFA president Sepp Blatter has apologised to Cristiano Ronaldo for commenting on his quiff at an Oxford Union debate, but with no comment forthcoming from the Madeira native regarding the folically-challenged Swiss’ remarks La Liga strugglers Sevilla are likely to bear the brunt of his frustrations when they face Real Madrid.
The Bernabeu club are 1/5 for a win that would close the gap on league-leaders Barcelona to six points, with Sevilla a whopping 23/2 for victory and the draw 11/2.
Ronaldo is 7/4 to open the scoring and bwin will double or treble those odds if he goes on to grab a brace or a hat-trick against Unai Emery’s visitors, which recent history tells us is distinctly possible in this fixture.
The Portuguese phenomenon bagged hat-tricks against Los Nervionenses in each of the last three seasons.
Sevilla’s red and white shirt seems to have a similar effect on Ronaldo as it would on a Pamplona bull, with the Seleccao captain helping himself to a remarkable 12 goals in seven La Liga matches against them since moving from Man Utd in 2009.
Four of those strikes came in a 6-2 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan back in May 2011 and two of that dozen opened the scoring in the respective ties.
Ronaldo has at least doubled-up in half the matches he has scored in this season.
The 28-year-old’s appetite for success appears insatiable and he is already well on the way to breaking the 50-goal mark for the third season in a row, with 15 strikes in his first 13 games of the campaign.
That tally includes a hat-trick and four two-goal hauls and the only teams that have kept Ronaldo off the scoresheet in Los Blancos’ last 11 games were Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.
Sevilla have leaked three goals in their matches against the two other sides in the hunt for this season’s La Liga title.
The Andalusians have been a mainstay in the top half of La Liga since the last time they were promoted in 2001, but after losing key performers Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Geoffrey Kondogbia over the summer they are struggling domestically and currently sit 11th in the Spanish top flight.
Valencia – who are only a place above them in the league – made short work of Emery’s outfit at the Mestalla and that 3-1 reverse was their third loss of the season after also suffering defeats against Barca and Atleti.