As Manchester United will be squaring off with Italian outfit Atalanta under the chaperonage of Gian Piero Gasperini who has managed to transform the Italian outfit from the wreckage of mediocrity to one of the top Italian sides, Cristiano Ronaldo will be raring to continue his scoring streak in the Champions League.
He was off to a sublime start as he scored against Young Boys in the tournament opener and found the back of the net in the dying embers of the Villareal clash as he smashed the ball into the back of the net after being teed up by Jesse Lingard.
United will be banking heavily on the Portuguese sensation to deliver as the team has failed to wring out a victory in their last three Premier League clashes where they have endured two defeats coming against Leicester City and Aston Villa and a draw against Everton despite going ahead in the game. Ronaldo hasn’t scored since his Villareal goal, and will also be desperate to find the back of the net to arrest his downward momentum.
Now, with all said and done, this will be the first time that these two teams will be clashing against each other. Given the fact that Ronaldo has already faced Atalanta during his tenure at Juventus, he will probably be bringing up a struggling Ole to the modern times to ensure the team’s momentum in the pursuit of continental glory.
In this story, we will be taking a look at three Italian teams against whom Ronaldo has prospered the most in the UEFA Champions League.
Despite being a part of the Old Lady for the last couple of years, Cristiano Ronaldo’s optimum success in the Champions League came against the Bianconeri. He has played against Juventus a staggering 7 times, from which he has managed to find the back of the net a whopping ten times. He even scored two assists from the 630 minutes that he has starred against the Old Lady of Turin. Out of the 10 goals, he has managed to smash 3 spot-kicks and blast one header. He took 36 shots out of which 14 were on target. He managed to carve 14 successful dribbles and engineer 15 key passes. He won 14 aerial duels and two man-of-the-match awards against Juventus. The last time Ronaldo scored against Juventus was in 2018 when his spot-kick sailed Los Merengues hammer and tongs to the semi-finals.
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The second most tormented Italian team at the hands of Ron in the Champions League is Roma. Ronaldo has scored 5 netters from the 6 appearances that he has had against them. Out of the 539 minutes, he has also managed to string together a couple of assists. All the five goals from Ronaldo have come from inside the box out of which four were from his right foot while the other arrived from his noggin.
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Despite the stats being limited, the third most haunted Italian team at the hands of Ronaldo is none other than AC Milan. Though he hasn’t faced them as many times as he would have wanted, yet he has managed to score two goals from the 6 games that he has been a part of. From the 513 minutes that Ronaldo has played, he has also strung one assist. Out of the two goals which were scored, one of them was a result of a direct free-kick that was an ode to his burning brilliance. He took 14 shots out of which 4 were on target, while he could carve 2 key passes and win three aerial duels. From the 6 appearances, he has also bagged one man of the match award.
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