Garra charrúa, noma ‘. Ronald Araújo had an impressive display of character at Barcelona and showed that he is up for great things: He played against Real Madrid just five days after undergoing surgery and he did so with two nails in his hand. He asked to be there and help his companions, and Xavi Hernandez gave the go-ahead.
On January 5, the Uruguayan defender suffered a serious injury during the match against Linares for the Copa del Rey. Despite having continued on the court without problems, the DT decided to take them out at halftime to avoid a worse inconvenience. After the match, It was confirmed that Araújo suffered a fracture in the second and third metacarpals.
On January 7, he already underwent surgery and the intervention was carried out without any complications. “Hello family. I am going to tell you that thank God I am fine and that the operation was good. I am already thinking of recovering and returning soon,” read the message from the Uruguayan that Culé published on his social networks.
This Tuesday, on the eve of the duel against Merengue for the semifinal of the Spanish Super Cup, Ronald has already trained alongside his teammates with a bandage, the same one he used for El Clásico the next day.
Araújo’s X-ray. (Photo: Twitter)
When the day came, he made clear his status as a crack. He played the game full time despite still having a scar to heal and two nails in his hand. Without problems, it was one of Barsa’s high points, being only surpassed by Vinícius Jr. in Real’s first goal.
He gambled and delivered. (EFE / Julio Muñoz)
This is how his hand remained
The triumph of Real against Barcelona
No longer the lights that we had become accustomed to. Without Argentines on the court and with more promises than realities, the Real Madrid beat Barcelona 3-2 and went on to the Super Cup final. In Riyadh, at times, the classic once again had those passages of good football that put Spanish football on top of the world. Of course, the end of the story was the same as in recent times, those in white, with a smile, and the Blaugranas, with their heads down …
It must be marked, from the football point of view, the difference between Real and Barsa this time was not so great. The Real always seemed like a fighter regulating in a battle that seemed to have at hand, but the KO never appeared and Xavi’s men were up to the task despite always having to row it from behind.
Ancelotti’s team reached the final. (EFE / Julio Muñoz)
First Vinicius (after a nap by Sergio Busquets), then Benzema and, already in the extension, Federico Valverde, were the three blows to the chin for the culé team. But, Barsa never gave up fighting it, and thanks to Luuk de Jong and Ansu Fati (with a 10 that seems to continue to be blessed), the match always existed.
Perhaps, the one who was hit the most by defeat was his own Xavi Hernández, who had his first derby as a DT, and could not break a striking streak: the last five Barcelona coaches lost their first classic (Luis Enrique, Valverde, Setién, Koeman, and now Xavi).
As it is, Merengue is already waiting in the final for the winner of the other semifinal between Atlético del Cholo and Bilbao. It is worth mentioning that, for three years, the Spanish Super Cup has been defined by the two finalists of the last Copa del Rey and the two best in La Liga. Meanwhile, Ancelotti is already licking his lips in search of another title …