He’s managed a ridiculous 47 goals and 14 assists in only 36 games… and people were on about a crisis. Now that he’s over his post Ballon d’Or hangover, Ronaldo is back in fine goal scoring form. About time too, as the Madrid Derby takes place tonight with Atletico having won the last four meetings between the two sides.
Since Diego Simeone took over, Atletico have been undefeated in the six games that these two teams have played in – four wins and two draws.
That’s all a far cry from when a pre Liverpool Torres and his Atleti team couldn’t buy a win. Seriously, even if they had a free win coupon they still would’ve gone home with nothing. Their best results came in 2006-07 just before he was shipped off to Merseyside. Two 1-1 draws, and one where Torres finally broke his goal scoring derby duck.
Torres Record in Madrid Derbies
- 12 Games
- 2 Wins
- 5 Losses
- 5 Draws
- 3 Goals
Two of those three goals came this year on Torres’ return to Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey. In fact, Torres has somehow managed to roll back the years since re-joining his first club.
He’s still a long way off the form he had at Liverpool where he had 65 goals in 102 games, but he’s bettered his form at Chelsea, and is on the way to matching his form during his first spell at the club where he scored 82 times in 214 games – a ratio of 0.38.
He now has a goal ratio of 0.24 this time around with four goals in 17 games, a massive improvement to his horrendous Chelsea form of 0.18. Looks like he just needed to be loved again, and now the hunger is back.
He’ll probably never match his underage form of 55 goals in a season which got him a trial with Atletico though.
But what of Ronaldo? Arguably the best player in the world, but the only fans that seem to love him are back in Manchester.
He matched Real great Di Stefano’s La Liga tally of 216 goals, and did it in almost 100 games less. Raul’s record of 228 goals is now on the horizon, and Ronnie has about 10,000 games left to beat that record.
It doesn’t seem so long ago when people said Ronaldo couldn’t do it in the big games. But now in the Madrid derbies, he is only two goals short of Di Stefano’s record of 15 goals against Atletico… so hat trick anyone?
More than likely, we will have to wait until the second half before we see Torres as Simeone has said Mandzukic will start. But as a man who enjoys a reciprocal love with the club – he had over 45,000 people come to his unveiling in January, don’t be surprised to see the Torres of old turn up and give his all to upstage the pretty boy.