- Portuguese forward back in favour
- Preparing for Europa League action
- Boasts impressive record vs Sociedad
WHAT HAPPENED? The Portuguese superstar has come back into favour of late, with the fallout from his decision to head down the tunnel early during the Premier League clash with Tottenham being swept under the carpet. Ronaldo was dropped on the back of throwing a substitution strop, as he refused to enter the pitch, but is in determined mood ahead of the meeting with Real Sociedad – a side that he boasts an impressive record against from his time at Real Madrid.Instagram
THE BIGGER PICTURE: Ronaldo faced Sociedad on nine occasions during his time with Real Madrid and found the target 15 times. That haul included two hat-tricks, but, intriguingly, no efforts away from home as all of his strikes came at Santiago Bernabeu.
WHAT NEXT FOR RONALDO? The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is still in the process of trying to convince Erik ten Hag of his worth, having seen plenty of bench duty this season, and the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial remain rivals for the central striking berth.