Ronaldo didn't fail, the ball just wouldn't go in – Marcelo

The Real Madrid forward’s failure to score against Malaga has been played down by his team-mate, who insists there is no cause for concern

Marcelo has defended Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo after he failed to score in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Malaga.

Ronaldo has eight goals so far this season and is three strikes away from overtaking Raul as the Spanish club’s all-time top goalscorer.

However, for the fifth time in six La Liga fixtures the former Manchester United forward failed to get on the scoresheet, with Rafa Benitez’s men falling behind Villarreal and Barcelona in the league table as a result of the stalemate.

Marcelo, who had already insisted that Ronaldo is not hell-bent on breaking records, thinks the Portuguese forward does not deserve to be criticised for his 14 failed shots in the draw against the 10 men of Malaga.

“I see no reason for concern,” the Brazilian left-back told reporters. “It’s not a problem that Ronaldo didn’t score, he scores all the time.

“It wasn’t just him that missed, we all had opportunities to score but the ball didn’t want to go in.”

Next up for Madrid is a visit to Malmo on Wednesday in their second Champions League group stage game of the campaign.

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