Cristiano Ronaldo can’t score at the Nuevo San Mames

Cristiano Ronaldo can’t score at the Nuevo San Mames

Few stadiums can boast of being impenetrable for Cristiano Ronaldo, a player who has scored at almost every Spanish ground, however the Nuevo Estadio San Mames is one where, in three visits, the Portuguese has still been unable to find the net.

On Saturday, it will be Ronaldo’s fourth attempt to increase his season’s output in Bilbao.

The day Real Madrid said goodbye to the old, mythical stadium, the Portuguese bagged a brace in a 3-0 win in Jose Mourinho’s last season.

Since then (April 14, 2013), almost four years later, nothing.

San Mames is not an easy environment for Ronaldo.

It is a demanding game for the away side and a particularly hostile atmosphere.

On Saturday he returns to the stadium looking to help Real Madrid keep their lead at the top of LaLiga, and has at least regained his best form scoring 14 goals in the last 13 matchdays he has played – practically one goal per game.

Real feel that the result at San Mames will be a good indicator of where the league title might be heading.

Zinedine Zidane’s side have already visited the top 10: Barcelona, Sevilla, Atletico, Villarreal, Real Sociedad, Athletic (after Saturday), Eibar and Espanyol, with only a visit to Celta Vigo still left on the horizon.

BBC will be back to face Ernesto Valverde’s team, Gareth Bale returning after his suspension.

Though there is an argument outside the club as to whether the front three are at their best, Zidane is clear that there is no need for debate.

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