Cristiano Ronaldo told to follow in basketball legend's footsteps to save Real Madrid

Ronaldo Penalty

Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo must follow the lead of another sporting giant Michael Jordan if he is to help the club win trophies.

Ronaldo's side have once again been beaten to the La Liga title by Barcelona and also surrended their Champions League crown when they were knocked out by Juventus at the semi-final stage last week.

And even though the former Manchester United forward has scored a breathtaking 222 goals in just 199 matches for Los Blancos - including a record 25 La Liga hat-tricks and 45 goals this season alone -  he is 'failing' the club.

That's the view of Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, who used basketball great Jordan's situation at Chicago Bulls during the peak of his career as an example which he feels Ronaldo must follow.

"I think Ronaldo is in a crucial moment of his career because in a way he has failed Real Madrid and he needs to change," he told Sky Sports' Revista De La Liga show.

"This reminded me of Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan in the NBA.

"Phil Jackson goes to Chicago Bulls as the coach. At the time, Michael Jordan is the best player in the world. He's the best assister, best rebounder and best scorer but he hadn't won a league with Chicago Bulls.

"Phil Jackson goes to him and says: 'A man cannot be an island. You have to give me less so the team has more'.

"Michael Jordan accepted that and it's exactly what happened. After that, Chicago Bulls won six titles.

"Maybe Ronaldo has to give less to the team."

Ronaldo's style of play certainly did not stop his old side back in the Premier League winning titles.

On the contrary, his goals and assists help the Red Devils to three consecutive league titles between 2006 and 2009, the FA Cup in 2004, two League Cups in 2006 and 2009, the Community Shield in 2007, Champions League in 2008 and FIFA Club World Cup the same year.

Not bad for a player that is supposedly failing his team.

While Ronaldo only has one La Liga title to his name since signing in 2009 he has still helped Real Madrid to a Champions League trophy, two Copa del Reys, the Spanish Supercopa, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

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