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Schalke set Cristiano Ronaldo's backlash

16 February 2015, 10:48

Paris - Cristiano Ronaldo finds himself in a rare position - the goals are drying up for the Real Madrid star.

The Ballon d'Or winner has not scored in his past three games and has netted just four times in the past 10,  totally unexpected giving that he started the season with 17 in his first 11.

The good news is that Schalke is the next opponent, they meet in the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

Ronaldo scored four goals when Madrid routed the German side 9-2 on aggregate in the competition last season.

Real Madrid seemed invincible while on a Spanish-record 22-win streak to close out a trophy-rich 2014. But since then it has proven vulnerable as it racks up losses and injuries.

Carlo Ancelotti's side has seen its defense of the Copa del Rey crown ended by Atletico Madrid, which also dealt it a 4-0 thrashing in the league for Madrid's biggest loss since 2010.

The European champion's struggles come with its defense and midfield hit by injuries. James Rodriguez (broken right foot), Luka Modric (left leg), Sergio Ramos (left leg), Pepe (ribs) and Fabio Coentrao (right leg) are all out of Wednesday's match against German side Schalke 04.

Aside from Rodriguez, Madrid's star-powered attack is fully intact with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale all available.

- AP


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