Ronaldo looking better than ever ahead of Juventus return


Cristiano Ronaldo has already broken one record in this season's Champions League, but he can edge closer to beating a bigger milestone of his own against Juventus in today's quarter-final return leg.

Spanish website, Don Balon reports that Messi now fears for the Ballon d'Or.

An English club made an offer of 100 million euros for Gareth Bale last summer, former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has said following Jorge Valdano's criticism of the Welshman this week.

Being forced to operate in the shadow of Cristiano Ronaldo has never been easy for the France global, with his contribution often overlooked. "Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will see who gets to play".

With Ramos serving a one-match ban for accumulation of yellow cards after getting cautioned in last week's 3-0 win at the Juventus Stadium, there had been speculation that Zinedine Zidane could be tempted to utilise defensive midfielder Casemiro at the back.

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Madrid can reach the semifinals for the eighth straight year even if it loses Wednesday's game by two goals. Vallejo's last Spanish league match before that was against Sevilla in December.

The Portuguese superstar is on the verge of helping Real win their third straight European title as they take on Italian Serie A side, Juve with a three goals advantage.

"Ronaldo is similar, as good as he is, he seems to have an ability more so than anyone in the Champions League to play another step up from his natural game".

"For long stretches of the first leg we would have deserved much more than a draw but instead we found ourselves two goals down and a man less", he said. "He doesn't have experience in this competition (Champions League) but he has a lot of quality".

"If that is the case, I would have not minded when I was a child if my last match was at Real Madrid". What will change in this game, in difference to the first game, is that Dybala will not be playing and therefore I can choose only from three attackers instead of doue. Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Isco, Gareth Bale, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez gives Zidane an embarrassment of riches. You think back to World Cup finals and that Champions League final goal against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. "This is what we need to do. We need to think game by game only, nothing else".