Cristiano Ronaldo did not hit the target on Tuesday night during Manchester United’s Champions League knockout stage defeat to Atletico Madrid (1-0, 1-1 in the first leg). It only happened twice during his European career: in 2011 and 2003.
A black evening for Cristiano Ronaldo. On Tuesday evening, during the Champions League knockout round, Manchester United lost at home to Atletico Madrid (0-1) and were thus eliminated from the competition after a 1-1 draw during the first leg. Therefore, the Portuguese will not be able to take a decisive position against his favorite victim. Worse yet: he went through the confrontation like a ghost.
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Ralph Rangnick was left on the ground throughout the match, CR7 not attempting a single shot (he was offside on his bike at the end of the match). It’s only the third time he hasn’t hit a goal while spending a full C1 game on the pitch and we have to go back to May 2011, with Real Madrid against Barcelona, to find the traces of such a performance. In the Red Devils shirt, he faced a similar situation in November 2003 against Panathinaikos.
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Out of C1 for the third year in a row
On a collective level, Cristiano Ronaldo will not be in the Champions League quarter-finals for the third year in a row after failing in the round of 16 with Juventus against Porto (2021) and OL (2020) in the last two seasons.
Three days after being named the top scorer in football history thanks to a hat-trick against Tottenham, the euphoria has already subsided for the five-time Ballon d’Or. Exited from the FA Cup and the English Premier League Cup, outside the race for the English Premier League title (the Red Devils 20 points from City nine days after the end), the Portuguese is heading for a very sad white season.