What can you say about Cristiano Ronaldo that hasn’t already been said?
We often hear the Portuguese superstar being compared to Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, as they are both footballers who seem to be on another level when compared to others. You could say that it hasn’t been the best season domestically for Real Madrid and Ronaldo, but the Champions League has been a different story, especially for the 33-year-old.
So far, Ronaldo has appeared in every Champions League fixture for Real Madrid this season and he’s unbelievably scored in each game too. From the 9 games, Real have played in Europe so far in the 17/18 campaign, Ronaldo has managed to score an impressive 14 times, with no goal being more memorable than the one he scored last time out against the team they beat in last season’s Champions League final, Juventus.
Ronaldo managed to stun the crowd in Turin by scoring a stunning overhead kick which earned him a standing ovation and applause from everybody within the stadium. It was a moment of brilliance from the Portuguese in a game where he was integral to everything that went right for Real Madrid.
Real had managed to dispatch Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 knockout stages with relative ease, with Juventus next inline. Juventus, known for being sturdy at the back, were undone time and time again by Ronaldo, who finished the game with two goals and an assist, to give Real a 3-0 lead heading into the return home leg. Real dominated the game and Ronaldo, not for the first time, was comfortably the best player on the pitch.
You would probably be right in thinking that the tie was pretty much over, with Juventus needing to score three goals at the Bernabeu to restore any hopes of making the semi-finals. You’d also probably be also right to think that Ronaldo isn’t quite done in this tie either, with the Portuguese attacker, who currently comfortably leads the way in the Champions League scoring charts, looking to keep up his 100% scoring record.
Ronaldo is now almost certain to go on and win the golden boot in this season’s competition and when you’ve got a player like him in your team, you have every chance of going all the way and lifting the trophy too. Real Madrid and Zinedine Zidane are looking to lift the Champions League crown for a record third consecutive time and as things stand, you’d certainly expect them to do just that.
It would certainly be a good end to what has been somewhat of a disappointing season for Real Madrid and Ronaldo. Barcelona are on course to lift the La Liga title by some margin, with Real currently in third, behind Atletico Madrid. Real managed to pip Barca to the Supercopa title back in August, and they could end up meeting again in the Champions League too, in what would undoubtedly be the fixture of the year, especially in the final.