Juventus brought Ronaldo back to Turin with the hope of ending the Champions League “curse”. But then CR7 became the victim of that curse. And now, the Portuguese superstar is in danger of being challenged by the big rival Messi.
In the summer of 2018, Juventus made the biggest investment in club history. But this is the most risky mission. 105 million euros for a 34-year-old player like Cristiano Ronaldo, the Turin people can afford to eat. Because, it will be difficult for Juventus to recover capital once Ronaldo does not meet expectations.
In fact, Cristiano Ronaldo still plays very well. Since the turn of the round match 1/8 Champions League with Atletico Madrid so far, CR7 are the leading of Juventus. He scored all five goals in the last three matches of the “Old Lady” Champions League: three goals against Atletico, scored both first leg and returned to Ajax Amsterdam.
However, Juventus still cannot play in the Champions League semi-finals. After the quarter-finals against Ajax, “The Old Lady” officially broke the dream of conquering the prestigious silver cup. Although Ronaldo is the opener with a cut of ice and great finishing, when the final whistle is heard, Juventus is still the loser. They had to deal with an extremely tough Ajax, excellent upstream to win a 2-1 victory on Italian soil.
Juventus is eliminated, no one can blame Ronaldo. He is still the brightest point among Juventus players. People regret for you more. Portuguese superstar – before coming to Juventus, was the Champions League champion for 3 consecutive years. And those three championships printed traces of CR7 with great shine.
Ronaldo arrived in Turin but still hopes to successfully defend the title. Only regret that Juventus does not have many players in their own DNA Champions League. Like the old team Real Madrid, Ronaldo was officially turned into a former King of Ajax.
Thus, the 2018 Champions League journey with Cristiano Ronaldo ends with a record of 6 goals. He was unable to defend the title of Champions League top scorer, despite winning the title in the previous six seasons. In the meantime, great rival Lionel Messi – with a double against Manchester United, has raised his total to 10.
Defeat to Ajax Amsterdam will undoubtedly seriously affect Ronaldo’s 2019 Golden Ball race. In an odd year without big events, being eliminated in the Champions League meant being pulled out of the Golden Ball race. And Messi is on the verge of holding the 6th Golden Ball in his career, if the Argentine superstar plays the ball at the current level.