This is What Happened When Cristiano Ronaldo Met Atletico Madrid The Last Time
As talks of the European nights coming ablaze with words about an insane UCL second-round draw that was redone after the initial botch-up, expectations of a Messi-Ronaldo ended up in flames. On the contrary, however, another old rivalry was rekindled after Manchester United was pitted against Atletico Madrid and people didn’t fail to point out the bittersweet memories that the rivalry presented the world with when Cristiano Ronaldo came across Atleti in the livery of Juventus.
Before we talk about the infamous cojones celebration that left the world ranting and singing paeans about two of the sport’s stalwarts, we will quickly tell you about the remaining fixtures of the second round of the Champions League.
Here are the draws of the UCL that will witness Cristiano Ronaldo going up against Atletico Madrid once again
A star-studded PSG will be colliding with a technically brilliant Real Madrid who has been resurgent under the chaperonage of Carlo Ancelotti. Ronaldo’s former club, Sporting Lisbon will be crossing swords with a formidable Manchester City. Bayern Munich had a relatively easier opponent as they will be up against Real Salzburg while in an intense clash, Inter Milan will be squaring off with Liverpool.
Defending European champions, Chelsea will be pitted against Italian champions, Lille while the UEL champions, Villareal will be locking horns with the Old Lady. In a clash of equals, Benfica and Ajax will be up against each other to present a fluid display of football. The last name on the list will be the bout of Manchester United going up against Atletico Madrid.
The last time Atletico Madrid went up against Cristiano Ronaldo it had some intense moments that will go down in the antiquity of football as quite remarkable and infamous at the same time.
In the first leg of the fixture, two center-backs of Atletico were on target as Diego Godin and Jose Gimenez found the back of the net to send Diego Simeone flying into raptures. He pulled off the Cojones celebration to deride Ronaldo who kept on gesturing his five fingers to signal that he had five Champions Leagues to show for his credentials.
As the second leg of the fixture arrived, Ronaldo meant business from the word go and what followed was the mass destruction of Atleti. In the 27th minute, he outleapt Juanfran to meet Bernardeschi’s cross with a substantial force that saw the ball flying into the back of the net.
He paid back the arrears just within three minutes from the breather as he noggined home from Cancelo’s scouring cross this time. As Angel Correa made the criminal error of clipping Bernardeschi inside the box, Ronaldo stepped up for the hallowed moment and blasted the ball home from point-blank range to shatter the hopes of Diego Simeone and Atletico Madrid.
Ronaldo set the world split into two factions as he pulled off the derogatory cojones celebrations and yet he was unapologetic in his stance because all the trash talks by Simeone were being burnt with extreme prejudice by the Portuguese marksman.