The Portuguese made a cameo appearance in Real’s UEFA Super Cup triumph over Manchester United on Tuesday though he hopes to feature more prominently during side’s clash against their eternal rivals on Sunday.
August 13 is a day that Ronaldo will have marked in red on his calendar. The day of the first official ‘Clásico’ of the new season.
Having already won the UEFA Super Cup, Real hope to further add to their trophy haul by putting Barca to the sword. That won’t be easy though, with Barca eager to show new boss Ernesto Valverde that they’re capable of competing on all fronts this season.
With just a few days to go until the game, Ronaldo’s objective is clear: to get 90 minutes under his belt and help his team to victory.
No player wants to sit out a ‘Clásico’, especially not the first official one of the new season when there is a trophy at stake.
The only question that remains is whether Zidane will stick with the side that defeated United on Tuesday (minus the suspended Modric) or whether he will make wholesale changes.