Ronaldo ready for Barca in Spanish Super Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo is rested and ready to take on Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

Ronaldo enjoyed a longer vacation than his Real Madrid teammates to fully recover from Portugal's participation in the Confederations Cup in June. He missed his club's preseason tour, including a friendly against Barcelona in Miami that the Catalan club won 3-2.

Ronaldo returned to training at the start of August, but he only played the final 10 minutes of Madrid's 2-1 win over former club Manchester United in the European Super Cup on Tuesday.

That means Ronaldo should be back in Madrid's starting lineup on Sunday, when it visits Barcelona's Camp Nou in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup. The second leg will be at the Santiago Bernabeu on Aug. 16.

One of the keys to Madrid's Champions League and Spanish league titles last season was the decision by coach Zinedine Zidane to limit Ronaldo's minutes during the long campaign.

By giving him some games off, the 32-year-old Ronaldo arrived in peak form to the final stretch and led Madrid to the double. Ronaldo scored twice in the 4-1 win over Juventus in the European Cup final and netted in the final round of the Spanish league to secure the title by beating Malaga 2-0.

Madrid now takes aim at a second trophy to kick off the new campaign before starting its defense of the Spanish league crown the following weekend.


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