In a bid to try and install some normality with the schedules for the 2021/22 season, the current campaign has been slightly condensed over a smaller period.
That is not ideal for players, though there is another big problem on the horizon for them and that is the rescheduled Euro 2020 Championships. These will now take place in the summer of 2021, after the condensed season has finished, and before a season that leagues are hoping to start on time at the end of the 2021 summer.
This is going to be tough for many players, but those worse affected will be the players involved in big domestic leagues, European club competitions and Euro 2020 when it finally takes place. Cristiano Ronaldo is one of these players, and as someone who turns 36 this season, it is something he could do without.
How many games could Cristiano Ronaldo play this season?
Ronaldo can play a maximum of 38 games in Serie A. Juventus are expected to challenge for the title and will need him, those betting with bookmakers such as those on betfromindia.com will be hoping he plays every league game. He is unlikely to play any more than 40 games in total in Italy, he won’t play in cup competitions until the latter stages, and if he does then that will be compensated by being rested in a few league games.
He will feature in every Champions League game though, so there is the potential to add another six games to begin with, but that is more than likely to be 10, assuming Juventus go as expected.
Then, just a few days after the end of the Serie A season, Ronaldo will likely play a friendly for Portugal, perhaps two, before heading to Euro 2020, where he will play at least three games, though at least one more is expected.
The chances are that this all works out to around 55 games in period from the middle of September through to the beginning of July, a period of nine and a half months. This all works out at around six games per month, though some months will be busier than others. On average that is a game every five days.
If this was a one-off season then things wouldn’t be too bad, and players could cope. However, there was a late end to the 2019/20 season, and leagues are determined to get the 2021/22 season underway on time.
Assuming Portugal are knocked out of Euro 2020 at the beginning of July, that would give Ronaldo one month of rest in July before returning to his club in August for a short pre-season before the games begin.
It is certainly going to be a very tough season for players who have to put up with this, and Cristiano Ronaldo is not the only one who will have to do it.
What is going to be fascinating to watch is how this all affects his ability to play well and score goals. Will we see a dip in production, will Portugal feel the effects, and let’s not forget, on top of this, the 2022 World Cup is also on the horizon, a tournament marked off as being a farewell for Ronaldo from international football.