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Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League record - can Lionel Messi match it?

Cristiano Ronaldo's Champions League record - can Lionel Messi match it?



Juventus were not at their best in the Champions League but, once again, that man Cristiano Ronaldo came to their rescue.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid forward took his tally to 125 goals in 161 appearances in the competition with a superb diving header in Amsterdam.

He is now 17 goals ahead of his nearest rival Lionel Messi. Can the Barcelona forward - nearly three years younger - catch him?

Ronaldo, 34, made his Champions League debut in 2003 for United, but didn't find the net in the competition until 10 April 2007, when he scored twice in a 7-1 thrashing of Roma.

Twelve years to the day later he became the first man to reach the 125 mark with his brilliant header against Ajax.

"Ronaldo showed that he is on a different level. His timing and movement is different to everyone else's - there's nothing you can do about it," Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri told Sky Sport Italia.

"He is a player who just has a different technique than the others."

Ronaldo has scored five times in eight appearances this season, some 12 short of his seasonal best of 17, notched in 2013-14 when he guided Real to the trophy... read more BBC Sport
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Cristiano Ronaldo's 125th Champions League goal came 12 years

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Cristiano Ronaldo's 125th Champions League goal came 12 years to the day after his first one - when he scored for Manchester United in their 7-1 win over Roma
Cristiano Ronaldo secured an away goal for Juventus as they drew the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Ajax.

Ronaldo, who has won the competition five times, netted his 125th Champions League goal just before half-time with a diving header following Joao Cancelo's cross.

The goal had come against the run of play, but the hosts equalised within a minute of the second half starting, through David Neres' fine curling effort from 15 yards.

Both teams had late chances with Ajax's Jurgen Ekkelenkamp having a shot saved before Juventus substitute Douglas Costa hit the post.

But neither side could grab a winner and they meet in the second leg in Turin on Tuesday, 16 April.

The winners of the tie face either Tottenham or Manchester City in the semi-finals, with Mauricio Pochettino's side holding a 1-0 advantage after Tuesday's first leg in London.

Ronaldo on course for fourth successive Champions League title

Ronaldo was playing for Juventus for the first time since he scored a hat-trick to give them a 3-2 aggregate victory against Atletico Madrid in the last 16.

He picked up a thigh injury on international duty for Portugal and there were doubts whether he would be fit enough for the tie.

But his fifth Champions League goal of the season gives his side a good chance of reaching the final four, and a goalless draw at Juventus Stadium next week will be enough for them to advance.

The Italian leaders, who are only one point away from winning the Serie A title, had not had a shot on target before their 45th-minute goal.

It came from a throw in near the halfway line and they quickly countered with Ronaldo releasing Cancelo, but no Ajax man tracked the Portugal forward's run into the penalty area and his diving header was too powerful for Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana to keep out.

Ronaldo won the Champions League title in each of the past three seasons at Real Madrid before his move last July to Juventus, who remain on course to win the tournament for the first time since 1996.

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The Best Soccer Players from Portugal

The Best Soccer Players from Portugal 


Despite boasting some of the finest players to have ever graced the game, Portugal have rarely found themselves among the world's elite when it comes to major international tournaments.

Indeed, the closest that they have come to picking up silverware was at Euro 2004, when they were beaten by surprise winners Greece in the final on home soil. You have to go all the way back to 1966 for their best showing at a World Cup as they finished third in England.

Hopes will be high that they can challenge that this summer in Brazil, although they nearly didn't make it at all having squeezed past Sweden in a qualifying playoff to reach the finals.

See what other people think in the ranking below:

Cristiano Ronaldo


Cristiano Ronaldo dos Santos Aveiro, GOIH, known as Cristiano Ronaldo, is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid C.F. and the Portugal national team.... Read More Wikipedia

Eusébio


Eusébio da Silva Ferreira, GCIH, GCM, was a Portuguese footballer who played as a striker. Eusébio is considered one of the greatest footballers of all time. During his professional career, he scored 749 goals in 745 matches at club level and 41 goals for his national team, a total of 790 goals.... Read More Wikipedia

Luís Figo


Luís Filipe Madeira Caeiro Figo, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer. He played as a winger for Sporting CP, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Internazionale before retiring on 31 May 2009.

Paulo Futre


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Rui Costa


Rui Manuel César Costa, OIH, is a Portuguese retired footballer and former director of football of S.L. Benfica. He is a current councilor for Benfica's S.A.D.. Costa played in a creative role as an attacking midfielder but was also capable of playing as a deep-lying playmaker,... Read More Wikipedia

Ricardo Quaresma


Ricardo Andrade Quaresma Bernardo is a Portuguese professional footballer who plays for F.C. Porto as a winger. He began his career at Sporting Clube de Portugal, and has also played for Barcelona, Porto, Internazionale, Chelsea, Beşiktaş and Al Ahli Dubai.... Read More Wikipedia

Deco


Anderson Luís de Souza, known as Deco, is a Portuguese retired footballer. Deco is one of the few players to have won the UEFA Champions League with two different clubs – FC Porto in 2004 and FC Barcelona in 2006. He was named UEFA Club Footballer of the Year and UEFA Best Midfielder in Porto's Champions League-winning season... Read More Wikipedia

Ricardo Carvalho


Ricardo Alberto Silveira de Carvalho, OIH, is a Portuguese footballer who plays as a centre back for AS Monaco FC and the Portuguese national team. Carvalho was born in Amarante where he played for the local team, Amarante Futebol Clube. By his great performance as a youngster, he was spotted by the Portuguese powerhouse, Porto, and in 1996 he was brought to FC Porto Junior team... Read More Wikipedia
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Vanderbilt hires Stackhouse as head coach

Vanderbilt hires Stackhouse as head coach


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Vanderbilt went outside college athletics for its new athletic director a few months ago, and now the Commodores have taken the same tact, hiring Memphis Grizzlies assistant and former NBA star Jerry Stackhouse as their new men's basketball coach.

Athletic director Malcolm Turner announced the hiring Friday. Stackhouse will need to revive a program that just went through its worst season ever at 9-23. The Commodores finished on a 20-game skid and became the first Southeastern Conference team to go winless in league play in 65 years. And the top-rated players already have left early for the NBA.

Stackhouse will be introduced at a news conference Monday, and Turner said in a statement that the future is bright for the Commodores with their new coach.

"Jerry brings a unique mix of experience as a legendary player and successful coach, and I fully expect he'll take the program to new heights," Turner said. "I've spoken with people inside and outside both college and professional basketball, and there is unanimous agreement that Jerry's competitiveness, grit and tireless focus on player development are a perfect fit to advance the 'Vanderbilt Way' in college athletics."

Stackhouse succeeds Bryce Drew, who was fired March 22 after he went 40-59 in three seasons. He takes over a program that plays in the SEC's oldest basketball arena at Memorial Gym, and the Commodores' history includes three Southeastern Conference regular-season titles, two conference tournament titles — the last in 2012 — and 15 NCAA Tournament appearances... Read More TSN
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Manchester City beat Cardiff 2-0 to return to Premier League summit

Manchester City beat Cardiff 2-0 to return to Premier League



MANCHESTER, United Kingdom (AFP) - Pep Guardiola's Manchester City eased to a 2-0 win over Cardiff at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday (April 3) to retake top spot in the Premier League from title rivals Liverpool.

Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Leroy Sane were enough to lift City back into top spot, at least until Friday, when Jurgen Klopp's team visit Southampton.

City now have a maximum of 13 games remaining in a potentially historic season that could see them add the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League to the League Cup they lifted against Chelsea in February.

But, whatever the remaining two months holds for Guardiola's team, they are back in the driving seat in the Premier League on 80 points, one ahead of Liverpool. Both sides have six league games remaining.

Guardiola, whose side play Brighton in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, was able to make seven changes against Neil Warnock's struggling side, resting key players in the process.



The alterations did not dull City's attacking intent but Gabriel Jesus, chosen with Sergio Aguero having been left out as a precaution, was guilty of a string of first-half misses.

De Bruyne claimed the first goal, after just five minutes, from Aymeric Laporte's through ball, with a strong run and blistering shot from a tight angle that left questions over Neil Etheridge, beaten at his near post.

Sane struck just before half-time, driving a technically brilliant low shot into the far corner after Riyad Mahrez's cross had been cushioned into his path by Jesus... read more Straitstimes
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PAUL OVER IT Real Madrid eye stunning £125m transfer bid for Man Utd midfielder

PAUL OVER IT Real Madrid eye stunning £125m transfer bid for Man Utd midfielder Pogba after revealing his Zidane ‘dream’


It is understood Pogba is happy at United but does not want to remain at Old Trafford for the rest of his career

REAL MADRID are set to make a sensational swoop for Manchester United superstar Paul Pogba this summer.

The Spanish giants were put on red alert last week after the 26-year-old revealed his dream was to play for the club.

He announced he wants to link up with Zinedine Zidane one day while away on international duty with France.

And Real are looking at getting the funds together to made a staggering move for the World Cup winner.

Pogba snubbed Los Blancos to move back to United in a then world record £89m switch.

But Zidane told the ex-Juventus midfielder he would be back in for him at some point during the future.

It is understood Pogba is happy at United but does not want to remain at Old Trafford for the rest of his career.

He would cost Real Madrid more than £125m to land, but they are looking to splash the cash after a disappointing campaign.

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Paul Pogba: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane likes Man Utd

Paul Pogba: Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane likes Man Utd midfielder 'a lot'


Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he likes Manchester United's Paul Pogba "a lot" and that the midfielder "knows how to do everything on the pitch".

Pogba, 26, has been linked with the Spanish giants and described Real as "a dream club for every player" while on international duty with France.

"I know him personally," said former France captain Zidane before Real's La Liga match against Huesca on Sunday.

"He brings so much and there are few players who bring as much as he does."

Pogba rejoined United from Juventus for a then world record £89m in 2016, but his future at Old Trafford appeared in doubt earlier this season with widespread reports of acrimony between him and former manager Jose Mourinho.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced the sacked Mourinho in December and Pogba's form has since improved, with the 2018 World Cup winner scoring nine times under the Norwegian.

"He's a midfielder who knows how to defend and how to attack," added Zidane, who returned to Real Madrid on 11 March less than 10 months after leaving the Bernabeu.

"But he is not my player, he is at Manchester.

"He has always said that, after Manchester, Madrid has always interested him. So when his experience at Manchester ends, why not come here to Madrid?"

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Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus: Goals, assists, results & fixtures in 2018-19

Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus


How is the five-time Ballon d'Or winner adapting to life in Italy after making a big-money move from Real Madrid? Goal has the stats.

Cristiano Ronaldo arrived at Juventus with a reputation as one of the most accomplished goalscorers of all time and, as you'd expect, with that comes great expectations.

The Serie A champions saw fit to fork out €100 million (£88m/$117m) for the 33-year-old for a number of reasons, but chief among those is his incredible capacity to find the back of the net.

Ronaldo's record across his career is epic and prior to his arrival in Turin he had struck 658 goals in 915 club games , with 450 of those coming in his 438 games for Real Madrid.

The Portuguese phenomenon has won the European Golden Shoe four times and finished as the Champions League's top scorer on seven different occasions.

A habit of collecting such accolades doesn't simply abandon a player overnight and the weight of anticipation rests firmly on Ronaldo's shoulders in Italy.

With the 2018-19 campaign under way,  Goal keeps you up to date on all of Ronaldo's stats for Juve this season, including goals, assists and more.

When Ronaldo did not immediately hit the ground running in Serie A it wasn't long before the scrutiny intensified over the attacker's form.

It took him four games - or 320 minutes - to finally find the back of the net as he struck twice in a 2-1 win over Sassuolo after drawing blanks against Chievo, Lazio and Parma.

"I really wanted to score these first goals and I'm happy to have found the net," a relieved Ronaldo told Mediaset after opening his account .

"This is football. The important thing is that the team wins. Obviously, I was a little tense with all the talk of Real Madrid and not scoring, but I thank my team-mates for supporting me throughout.

"I knew that I was working well and it was only a matter of time. I am adapting well to Italian football."

Ronaldo's Champions League debut for Juventus against Valencia went poorly with a red card dismissal which left the star distraught, though he bounced back with the winner late against Frosinone the following weekend.

The 33-year-old netted his first Champions League goal for the Italian giants on November 7 against Manchester United, a stunning strike that ended up being for naught as Jose Mourinho's side stormed back late to take a 2-1 win.

Credit: Goal
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