FLASHBACK TO THE QUARTER-FINAL EVENT 2017/8 SEASON
As the semi finals beckon ……
The Italian adventure …. the ovation vs the tears
Christiano Ronaldo, the current world BEST player earned a standing ovation from the supporters of Juventus when he soared to full flight and scored a wonderful overhead kick in the first leg of the quarter final match in TURIN. It was a strange feeling for a man who was known to show off at every given opportunity, to put his hand on his chest in great appreciation of Juventus supporters. It was indeed a show of class from both parties.
While Ronaldo received a standing ovation in ITALY , Lionel Messi a week later, IN ITALY, was full of tears as the Catalonian Army was devoured unexpectedly and against the form books by the Roman Army in a specular show reminiscent of the all-conquering power the Roman Army once had in the world of military warfare.
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It was indeed a week of the ITALIAN MAFIAS VS THE SPANISH LORDS, at the end, it became a tale of two cities. While Messi and the gang laughed in Spain, Real Madrid also eventually laughed as well but it was in Italy (Rome to be precise) that Messi broke down in disbelief while his rival Ronaldo rode through the city of Turin with a conqueror’s persona
We look at the strides CR7 has made in the knockout round of the UCL
Cristiano Ronaldo dominates Messi in knockout game goals
On February 10, Real Madrid thrashed Real Sociedad with a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Since that point, he has embarked on a majestic streak in which he has scored in every game he has been on the pitch for.
Eleven games played, 21 goals.
An outrageous tally, only able to be done by the footballer who leads all scorers in Real Madrid’s history with 448 goals.
In this sequence, Cristiano has been instrumental in the knockout rounds of the Champions League.
Against Paris Saint-Germain in the Round of 16 and against Juventus in the final eight, he has scored six goals.
The last one came against the Italians in an agonising situation.
Penalty called, a long five minute wait and Ronaldo holding the ball to seal his team’s qualification to the semifinals.
Madrid’s number seven has become a specialist in scoring goals in continental matches where a poor performance sends you home.
The only player who can be compared to him over the last decade, Leo Messi, can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Ronaldo in the group stage (both have scored 60 goals), but not when the knockout rounds begin.
Ronaldo rules from the quarterfinals forward
In the Round of 16, Leo holds the advantage at 24 to 20 goals, but from there on, Cristiano gets the better of the Argentine and it is not close.
For example, take the quarterfinal round that was decided some weeks ago.
While Leo’s team was eliminated and he scored 0, Ronaldo grabbed three goals to eliminate Juventus.
In total, the difference between the two stars is 23 to 10 in favour of the Portuguese since joining Real Madrid in 2009.
A fact that explains the eight consecutive semifinals for Madrid.
If Cristiano doubles Messi in the quarterfinals, he triples his tally in the semifinals.
The Barcelona number 10 has scored four goals while Ronaldo has bagged 13.
In the In the penultimate stage of this tournament, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to knock Atletico Madrid out a little less than a year ago.
In the final, it’s more of the same.
Messi has scored two goals and Cristiano Ronaldo four.
Juventus conceded two to him in the 2016 final just as they did again recently.
It is just further evidence that when the Champions League gets serious, Ronaldo shows up, the top scorer in the competition with 120 goals.