Real Madrid line-up Premier League's star manager to replace Zinedine Zidane

It is hard to believe that, since Jurgen Klopp's Borussia Dortmund side won 4-3 on aggregate against Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid all the way back in 2013, Madrid have only been knocked out of the Champions League once.

Yet, for their three Champions League titles in four years, they've never really been all that convincing. The 25-year-old forward inspired the Reds to a 3-0 victory over fellow Premier League side, Manchester City in the first leg of their UCL quarterfinal clash at Anfield on Wednesday, April 4. Ronaldo has scored at least a goal per game while playing with Los Blancos, with his goal-to-game ratio standing at 1.05.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores against Juventus.

"We're going to play the whole team of Real Madrid which has good players", Partey added.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri admitted he was amazed by his ability to change his style of play in his thirties to adapt to losing some of his once-searing pace.

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"I know most of African countries are behind me and supporting me, so I don't want to disappoint them", he said.

Considering that Ronaldo has achieved something no one else has in the competition that arguably boasts the highest calibre of teams, illuminates what a freakish talent he is.

Speaking post-match, Zidane said: "Cristiano is Cristiano, he has been this player all his life, scoring 50 goals a season. It's a pity that he did it to us", lamented defender Andrea Barzagli.

But Bale's reaction to Ronaldo's third-minute goal in the quarter-final was very subdued.

Yes, as Gwen says, it's incredible that Cristiano Ronaldo has scored in 10 consecutive Champions League matches, but his goal in Turin was truly unbelievable, maybe the greatest goal of his career. "Keeps on upping the ante - relentless!" tweeted Rio Ferdinand.

  • Steve Townsend