Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is expected to miss the El Clásico that is to take place in Miami on 29th July, along with two games against former club Manchester United, including the UEFA Super Cup on 8th August, in order to get proper rest after a summer of international duty.
Ronaldo’s anticipated absence would be a huge blow to the fans, as the July Clásico in the United States is only the second game between Real and Barça that has been held outside Spain, with the 1982 clash in Venezuela being the first.
Madrid’s friendly against Manchester United in California on 23rd July is also expected to be missed by the 32-year-old, and will also be a major disappointment for the fans.
However, a return for the Super Cup against the Red Devils may be on the cards, but at the cost of his National side being eliminated from the Confederations Cup in the group stage.
According to Marca, the four-time Ballon D’Or winner should not compromise on his 30 full days of holiday in order to fully recuperate after a long season, especially as he spent last summer recovering from injury.
Ronaldo would be leading Portugal as captain in the upcoming Confederations Cup in Russia, and should the Portuguese reach the final, which will take place on 2nd July, Ronaldo won’t be back in training with Los Blancos until early August.
The semi-finals for the competition will take place on 28th and 29th June, and the group stage of the tournament would conclude on 24th June.
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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