Cristiano Ronaldo will not feature for Real Madrid against his old club Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup on August 8.
Having had a jam-packed season, which included playing 13 Champions League games and being involved in the Confederations Cup with Portugal this summer all the way to the semi-final stage, it’s clear the 32-year-old needs some much-needed rest and relaxation before diving straight into another hectic season.
According to Spanish outlet Marca, the August 8 clash will come too soon for the superstar after his busy summer and he will in fact likely return to club action for the first leg of Real’s domestic Super Cup versus bitter rivals Barcelona.
Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane is said to want Ronaldo to complete ten days of training before he features in a game again.
While the UEFA Super Cup may not be the most coveted of trophies, and the game is considered no more than a precursor to the domestic season, should the Portuguese miss this match it may be his final opportunity to face his old club. United and Real could still face each other again in the Champions League but that is, of course, totally down to chance.
With retirement very much now on the horizon, the former Sporting Lisbon man will, however, need to prioritise games from here on out, and despite this match being against a club he holds close to his heart the right decision is to watch on rather than take part.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena