It’s official: Cristiano will face Ajax in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
The Dutch representatives shocked Ronaldo’s former club in the Last 16. Despite going down 2-1 at home, Ajax fancied their chances of embarrassing a worried Solari and Los Blancos. The underdogs put up an intimidating performance at the Bernabeu to destroy Real Madrid 4-1 and qualify 5-3 on aggregate.
Coach Massimiliano Allegri will be wary of Ajax’s tricky factor although Ronaldo’s record of seven goals in five matches against this side should give the Italians a confidence boost. Ironically, the number 7 icon once netted a hat-trick to help Real Madrid beat Ajax 4-1; the same scoreline against which the Spanish giants fell on the other side without Ronaldo.
Goodbye Real Madrid. Admit that you miss Ronaldo and that you didn't send him off well. Ronaldo made Ajax look so small during his time in Spain. Anyways, eyes on Juve comeback vs Atletico. #rmaaja pic.twitter.com/TcnxY4Ttg3
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) March 5, 2019
The 2018/19 UEFA Champions League semi-final bracket means that Juventus would face either Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester City in the Last 4 should they successfully boot Ajax out of the tournament. The first leg takes place in the Netherlands on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. The second leg, Juventus vs Ajax, takes place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. We will have official broadcast listings available in due time for both matches, courtesy of Live Soccer TV‘s multi-platform broadcast data widget on our website.
La Vecchia Signora was drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Round of 16 and agonizingly went 2-0 down at the Estadio Metropolitano in the first leg. They were consequently written out by most due to Atleti’s fearful defensive abilities.
However, they miraculously advanced to this stage of the competition. That miracle was courtesy of a solid game plan and the grandeur of Cristiano Ronaldo — in the dressing room like on the pitch. Five days before the return clash, CR7 reportedly prophesied victory in a Whatsapp chat with Patrice Evra.
In the second leg of the tie in Turin, the five-time UEFA Champions League winner exhibited the best of his mental power and goalscoring abilities in front of his crying girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez and a home crowd in awe.
🎥 | Cristiano Ronaldo hyping his Juventus teammates ahead of the comeback win over Atletico. Your g.o.a.t could never.
Leader 👏🙌 pic.twitter.com/kP7P2eqcht
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) March 13, 2019
Hat-trick hero with his 61st, 62nd, and 63rd Champions League knock-out stages goals. Juve advanced 3-2 on aggregate, leaving Antoine Griezmann and company utterly distraught. The journey continues for Cristiano Ronaldo whose mission from Day 1 at Juventus is to conquer Europe for the Bianconeri.
🗣 | Cristiano Ronaldo via @ESPNFC
“I swear I’ll do the impossible and win the Champions League with Juventus.”
If CR7 doesn’t inspire you, nothing in life will. pic.twitter.com/rfFqrydxw2
— CRonaldoDaily.com (@BreatheRonaldo) January 4, 2019