Are Cristiano Ronaldo’s days as Real Madrid’s driving goal risk numbered taking after Karim Benzema’s noteworthy begin to the season?
Ronaldo turned out to be ineffectual by and by, failing to locate the net’s back for the 6th league match this season.
Furthermore, Gibson highlighted the Portuguese’s poor choice making as proof of his lessening impact for Los Blancos.
He said: “If you look at Ronaldo’s performance at the Vicente Calderon, he made poor decisions on a number of occasions when Real were in good positions on counter attacks.
“He made the wrong choices, opting to take on shots from distance or from acute angles where team-mates were better placed. In saying that, he has done that in the past and they’ve flown into the top corner but, at the moment, they are not going in.
“It is difficult to criticise him when you consider what he has achieved, what he has done and how he has done it, particularly when you consider the pressure that came with moving to Madrid.
“But he hasn’t scored in six out of the seven La Liga games this season – although he did score five against Espanyol – and you would have to say Benzema has been the most attacking player.
“Benzema has been terrific this season, he really has. He is the top scorer in La Liga, scoring two goals at Athletic Bilbao, the winning goal against Granada… he has been in fine form.
“Benzema has come up with big match-winning goals that have earned his side three points. There could be a case for the argument that Ronaldo’s goals are not as prolific in the big important games now.”
With Ronaldo’s form going under examination, the eventual fate of Alvaro Morata – a potential long haul trade for Cristiano – at Juventus was next under the spotlight, with Gibson testing Real Madrid to do all that they can to recover their previous striker to the Bernabeu.
He added: “Morata is good enough for Real Madrid so he is a player they should buy back and a player they should not sell on. They should do everything they can to get him back.
“Morata has a buy-back clause in his current Juventus contract. Juve are trying to make him sign a new deal to change it, but Real have said it does not matter what contract he signs, it will not affect the clause.
“I fully expect Real to go and get Morata when they can. The interesting thing is whether Morata will have a choice in the matter.
“It is interesting to see how these transfer deals work, I expect that if Real want to buy him back, they have the power to do so at a certain time because of the clause.”