Cristiano Ronaldo is running out of time as he tries to return from injury and face Manchester City next Tuesday. And he has done something you won't believe to recover.
The Real Madrid superstar missed the last two matches, including the first leg of the Champions League semifinals, because of a hamstring injury suffered in the final minutes of a La Liga game two weeks ago. He was expected to face the Citizens, but wasn't fit enough even for the bench.
Latest reports indicate that there is very little evolution on his recovery, and he is doubtful for the decisive encounter at Santiago Bernabéu. Ronaldo is apparently unhappy with Madrid's medical team's effort, and is consulting different people to get a second opinion and maybe even figure out a way to be healed in time to face City.
In fact, the desperation is so big that Ronaldo has done the unbelievable. I'll let this Diario Sport report take it from here:
Cristiano Ronaldo is desperate. So much so, in fact, that the Real Madrid forward has given the thumbs up for one of the people treating his injury to get in touch with FC Barcelona for a second opinion. Ronaldo is aware of the professionalism with which the Blaugrana medical services work with and approved the consultation from the very first moment it was suggested.
However, the situation can't get much worse, as it is already clear that Ronaldo does not have any faith in the medical services at Real Madrid. After he was mis-diagnosed after the game against Villarreal, things have gone from bad to worse for the Portuguese. First of all, he suffered an injury relapse during training ahead of the Manchester City game. He has since had a scan in Manchester, where he used to play for Manchester United, and then another in Madrid, at the Ruber Hospital. The degree of absurdity reached new levels when he left the car park at the Ruber Clinic hiding in the trunk of his car - evidently as it was behind Real Madrid's back.
If this has in fact happened, it's an incredible story. Just for fun, Blaugranes: which treatment would you recommend to Ronaldo if you were a Barça doctor?