Real Madrid’s season is quickly unravelling as far as La Liga is concerned, as their 1-0 loss to Villarreal on Saturday piled further misery on them.
Los Blancos are now 16 points points adrift of league leaders Barcelona, while they’ve fallen eight points behind third-placed Valencia.
Having suffered consecutive La Liga home game defeats for the first time since May 2009, things aren’t going to plan for Zinedine Zidane and his men and it’s resulting in pressure building on the Frenchman.
In turn, it remains to be seen how long he gets to turn things around as Madrid haven’t convinced in the cup or the Champions League this season either, and so serious question marks have to be asked as to why they’ve suffered such an alarming drop off from last season in which they were crowed Spanish and European champions.
One player in particular has faced the brunt of criticism and jokes, and that man is Cristiano Ronaldo. That’s to be expected given how prominent and divisive a figure he can be, and his form this season has been utterly woeful which has led to Real Madrid’s struggles.
The 32-year-old has scored just four goals in 14 La Liga games, a huge drop off from previous campaigns, and as he prepares to turn 33 next month, it has led to suggestions that he’s suffering with a decline in the latter stages of his career.
Fans on Twitter, particularly Barcelona supporters, revelled in his misery this weekend, as seen below, as he evidently looks to have convinced this group that he has indeed lost a step and is set to continue on a concerning decline…
Ronaldo is finished. End of an era.
— DaG (@mediocentroEN) January 13, 2018
Compare our last season to Madrid’s season rn. Ronaldo without a functioning team is nothing. Messi without a functioning team is still the top scorer.
— NAZ ? (@FCNazalona) January 13, 2018
Ronaldo is just so bad, I’m not even being salty, he’s just so fucking bad. We all criticize Suaréz so much for missing sitters, but Ronaldo is just another level of bad. Unreal how he’s still considered the ‘best in the world’ by some people.
— Valverdista (@UltraAutistic) January 13, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Villarreal.
Another disasterclass and a 2/10 performance from ”the best player in history” according to himself. This is embarrassing. pic.twitter.com/S0EJTZI8Sf
— fabiano™ (@XaviTempo) January 13, 2018
19 games into La Liga season and Cristiano Ronaldo has 4 goals in 200 shots.
Imagine the media if Messi had a season like this. Jorge Mendes’ PR team saving him. pic.twitter.com/fNFi0l3UAJ
— Messi World (@MessiWorId) January 13, 2018
Never, ever, ever say Ronaldo is better than Messi.
Never, ever, ever say Modric is better than de Bruyne
Never, ever, ever, ever, ever say that Real Madrid is the best team in the world.
They are a joke.
— Max (@Maksee_) January 13, 2018
Cristiano Ronaldo is finished,he is history ,he is a passenger
— Fuck Trump (@NunoPortez) January 13, 2018
Remember when CR scored that useless fluke of a brace vs Sevilla and Ronaldo fans said the conversion rate memes have come to an end? Looooooooooooooooooool
— 4.3% conversion rate (@MessiZone) January 14, 2018
Have to admit, this season Ronaldo is totally suck ? no longer dangerous and effective in front of goal
— Luqmann (@LUQMXN07) January 13, 2018