Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is facing a fitness battle and remains at a rather alarming 60% of his peak condition, Mundo Deportivo report.
The former Manchester United hero has experienced a wonderful individual campaign on the whole, though there is the impression that it could have been a little more spectacular.
The Portuguese international started the season in ridiculous goal scoring form, netting 16 goals in his first nine La Liga matches to set a new record.
His tally of 26 before the festive period set another landmark, and there was the general belief that Lionel Messi’s unbelievable 50-goal La Liga tally in a single season was ready to be eclipsed.
However, despite Ronaldo claiming the Ballon d’Or award, his rise at the top of the game quickly started to fade as his physical efforts started to catch up with him slightly and Messi rediscovered his swagger.
The Argentine international has gone on to become Europe’s leading goal scorer in 2015, whereas Ronaldo has, in contrast, scored fewer goals than Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.
As per Mundo Deportivo, the 30-year-old is struggling with the same left knee issue that caused him trouble towards the end of last season, and he’s been rated at just 60% of his peak condition.
Heading into a crucial time for Los Blancos, as they endeavour to pip Barcelona to the La Liga title and defend their Champions League crown, they need their best player firing on all cylinders.
The Madrid idol has scored 39 La Liga goals in 29 matches this season, but with just six games remaining, it appears a weakened Ronaldo is running out of time to write his name in the history books.