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Should Real Madrid be concerned by Cristiano Ronaldo's scoring drought?

Cristiano Ronaldo's scoring drought in La Liga is his longest since he arrived in 2009.

Real Madrid's weekend was overshadowed by events elsewhere but they kept pace in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Espanyol. Again, when you consider the absentees up front (Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema) and especially at the back (both first-choice full-backs, Marcelo and Dani Carvajal), this is a good result.

The difference-maker was, not for the first time, Isco, who bagged both goals while Zinedine Zidane gave a debut to an 18-year-old right-back, Achraf Hakimi, who acquitted himself well. The only blot is that Cristiano Ronaldo still hasn't opened his Liga account. He may well be the only one who cares, but for those keeping track at home, it's now 270 minutes without a league goal in 2017-18. That's his longest drought since he arrived at the Bernabeu. (It's 358 minutes if you go back into last season.)

Click here to read more of Marcotti's thoughts on what occurred in European football over the previous week.

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