CR7 At Real Madrid in the Season 2012–13

CR7 at Real Madrid started the season by lifting the Supercopa de Espana, scoring two goals in a 4-4 away goals aggregate win against a strong rival Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo was second in the 2011-12 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award with seventeen votes on 30 August. On September 2, 2012, CR7 at Real Madrid scored his first two league goal of the season in a 3-0 victory against Granada. His second goal was the 150th goal for Real Madrid. The 150th goal made Ronaldo the 10th highest scorer for Real Madrid in all competitions. Due to a minor injury, CR7 was substituted by team mate Gonzalo Higuain at 63rd minute. Due to a professional issue, Ronaldo was unhappy and refused to celebrate his 149th and 150th goals for the club. The coach Jose Mourinho was in the view that UEFA’s decision to elect Iniesta as the best player in Europe in 2011-12 could have been one of the reason behind CR7’s unhappiness. CR7 at Real Madrid scored his first Champions League goal of the season in a 3-2 win against Manchester City on 18 September. He scored a hat-trick on 30 September. It was his first La Liga hat-trick of the season in a 5-1 victory against Deportive de La Coruna.

CR7 At Real Madrid in the Season 2012–13

Cristiano Ronaldo while playing against his former Club Manchester United…

CR7 at Real Madrid scored his first career hat-trick in the Champions League on 4 October. Real Madrid enjoyed a 4-1victory over Ajax. Ronaldo hit a brace four days later against Barcelona in a 2-2 draw. It made Ronaldo the first and only player to score in six consecutive El Clasicos. After that Ronaldo could not score in next three games. On 1 December, he scored a goal from free kick. He assisted Ozil to score the second goal in a 2-0 win against Atletico Madrid. Jose Jourinho says that if Messi is the best on the planet, Cristiano Ronaldo is the best in the universe. Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to lift 10-man Real Madrid to a 4-3 win against Real Sociedad on 6 January. CR7 at Real Madrid, first time captained the team in an official match. He also received fifth yellow card of the season and was suspended for the team’s next league game at Osasuna.

Ronaldo was second in the 2012 FIFA Ballon d’Or for the fourth time behind Lionel Messi on 7 January. CR7 at Real Madrid scored another hat-trick on 9 January against Celta Vigo in the second leg of a Copa del Rey game. CR7 at Real Madrid scored his third perfect hat-trick against Getafe in a 4-0 victory including his 300th club goal on 27 January. Cristiano Ronaldo made his 500th club appearance against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey on 30 January. CR7 at Real Madrid became the first non-Spanish to captain Real Madrid in a Clasico in the last sixty years. Cristiano Ronaldo faced his former club Manchester United for the first time in the Champions League Round of 16 on 13 February and scored the equalizer in a 1-1 draw. CR7 at Real Madrid scored another hat-trick against Sevilla on 21 February. It was 21st hat-trick of his career and 17th in La Liga.

CR7 scored twice against Barcelona in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semi finals on 26 February, making this the sixth consecutive trip to the Camp Nou in which Ronaldo had scored. On 5 March, Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winning goal in a 2-1 win over Manchester United. CR7 stated that he was sad and had a strange feeling when is goal knocked the Manchester United out of the Champions League. CR7 at Real Madrid struck twice against Celta Vigo to send his team above city rivals Atletico into second place in La Liga on 10 March. Ronaldo’s 138 goal in La Liga earned him a place in the top 25 goal scorers in the history of La Liga in just 127 games. His average was 1.08 goals per game. It was the highest of all top 25 goal scorers.

Performance of CR7 At Real Madrid 2012–13

CR7 at Real Madrid in the season 2012-13

Cristiano Ronaldo while recieving Yellow card

Cristiano Ronaldo scored the equalizer in a 5-2 win over Mallorca on 16 March. It was his 350 goal in his career. CR7 scored the opening goal against Galatasaray in the first leg of the Champions League quarter finals on 3 April. CR7 scored twice in the second leg against Galatasaray to send his team to the semi finals in the Champions League on 9 April. On 24 April, while warming up for UEFA Champions League semifinals, Ronaldo picked up a thigh muscle injury. Ronaldo was absent from Real Madrid’s next game against Atletico Madrid. He returned to action on 30 April for the 2-0 second leg win over Dortmund. CR 7 at Real Madrid scored two headers against Real Valladolid in a 4-3 home win.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 200th goal for Real Madrid on 8 May in a 6-2 victory over Malaga. CR7 at Real Madrid became the sixth in the list of the club’s all time top scorers and the player that took few matches 197 to reach 200 goals. CR7 headed the opening goal from a Mesut Ozil corner in the 14th minute of the eventual 2-1 Copa del Rey final defeat to Atletico Madrid on 17 May. It was his 111th goal in his 100th home appearance. Ronaldo was shown a straight red card in the 114th minute of extra time of the final for an altercation with Gabi. He was banned for two games in the last 16 of the 2013-14 Copa del Rey.

CR7 at Real Madrid ended his fourth season as the Champions League top goal scorer for a second time in his career with twelve goals. Real Madrid failed to defend their La Liga title in the league. Madrid’s were eliminated in the semi finals in the UEFA Champions League for the third consecutive year. It was a great defeat. Accounting for all competitions, CR7 at Real Madrid ended the season with a total of 55 goals. CR7 at Real Madrid scored 19 goals with his right foot and sixteen with his left foot and nine with head, excluding penalty kicks and free kicks.

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