Cristiano Ronaldo looked completely frustrated as he watched his side lose more grip on the Spanish topflight table standings as Pablo Forlas’ 87th minute strike gifted the away underdogs the three points.

Real, who sit 4th with 16 points behind leaders Barcelona needed their star man, yet, the man that turned up was far from a Balon D’or winner. The 32-year old had four out of the 7 shots on target without a single goal missing two big chances in the process.

This means that the Portuguese has failed to score for the third succesive match in La Liga. A lot has been said and written on Ronaldo’s poor form, yet he seems to be turning up in matches without his scoring boots.

Even though he[Ronaldo] had a descent penalty plea turned down, the worlds “best” player didn’t do enough to link up with his team mates in the final third when it mattered most.

Until now Real Madrid’s all-time top goal scorer still has only managed to score four times in the current campaign which is poor even by Lord bendtner’s lofty standards.

Zinedine Zidane’s side who were tipped for more greatnessafter back-to-back European titles now find themselves somewhere between a rock and a hard place, with the Frenchman’s job highly at risk.

Today’s Loss means that Real have won only 9 games this season – their worst ever start to a league campaign. Doubts of whether they will manage to secure a Champions League spot for next season are looming and its not hard to see why.

Zidane now needs a plan of instilling confidence in his side if they are to challenge in Europe and domestically since the league title is well within their reach. As for Ronaldo, age could be catching up on him.