And that was evident against Southampton, with Ronaldo putting in a subdued showing as his side lost more ground in the race to finish in the top four.
There was a moment, in the game, where the Portugal international had rounded Fraser Forster and had an empty net in front of him.
The Ronaldo of old would have finished the chance without even blinking. This version, though, produced a tame effort that was then cleared off the line.
At times, it looked as though the forward was running through treacle. The ball always seemed to bobble away from him, not glued to his foot like it used to be.
And Express Sport gave Ronaldo a low four out of 10 in our player ratings, summing up his dire afternoon.
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