Lampard: Ronaldo has turned a corner

As well as commending the Portuguese’s header in Real Madrid’s midweek win, the Man City loanee fears that Gareth Bale might be too nice for his own good

Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal against Schalke in the Champions League could prove “a turning point” in the Real Madrid star’s form in 2015.

Since winning the Ballon d’Or for a second consecutive year, the Portuguese has been below his best for the Blancos and had gone a month without scoring before the trip to Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday.

Ronaldo placed a header past the home goalkeeper to set Madrid on their way to a 2-0 win in the first leg of their last-16 tie and Lampard says that the forward’s sheer desire to turn things around was on show.

“We all have have those patches in our careers, even the Ronaldos of this world do. When you are in that patch, sometimes you have to work through it,” he told Sky Sports.

“It can be a frustrating night where things don’t come off but, when you’ve got that, and we always talk about his desire to be the best, that run for the goal against Schalke is desire.

“He’s the only one who wants to get in the box, he knows how to do it, he scores every type of goal. That could be a turning point for him.”

While Marcelo scored the other goal for Carlo Ancelotti’s men, Lampard had a more cautious assessment of Wales international Gareth Bale, whom he feels might be too “nice” to fulfil his potential at present.

“I get the feeling from Gareth Bale that he’s a nice boy,” the ex-Chelsea star observed. “There is a bit of ego and he should have ego because of what he’s achieved so far in the game but maybe, when you’re a nice boy, there may be a moment there where you’re thinking ‘actually, shall I take it on? Shall I go at goal? Or shall I look for that other one in case I get criticised?’

“I hope that goes out of his game very quick because, if that is there, then all of a sudden it’s going to affect him.”

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