The final few months of Cristiano Ronaldo ‘s 2016/17 campaign were so impressive that the Portuguese forward is ready to follow a similar plan of action in the upcoming season.
There will, though, be some slight changes this time around, given that Ronaldo is healthy this summer, unlike last year when he was recovering from a knee injury and didn’t feature until the third week of the season.
His objective is to start the campaign in good form, playing well enough in the first few months to ensure he wins his fifth Ballon d’Or.
Even Gerard Pique has admitted that the Real Madrid man is likely to win the individual honour after lifting the LaLiga and Champions League trophies, but Ronaldo knows that the first few months of the 2017/18 season count too.
Also on Ronaldo’s mind is the Club World Cup at the end of the year and he hopes to be in good shape for that tournament, as he was last year when he stood out for the first time, scoring three times in the final in Japan and winning the best player award.
Then, the plan is for the 32-year-old to take his foot off the gas after that intercontinental tournament, during the break between the Champions League group stages and knockout rounds and at the time when midweeks are filled up with the early rounds of the Copa del Rey.
By sitting out some matches, particularly away games, this will allow him to regain his freshness in time for the business end of the season.
The idea is that the forward will enjoy another strong finish, replicating his efforts from last season when he scored 10 goals from the Champions League quarter-finals onwards and when he netted six times in the final four league games.
The magic formula worked once and now Ronaldo hopes it will deliver again.