In his career, Cristiano Ronaldo has done a lot of damage to many teams. The latter come mainly from Spain, where he spent nine seasons in his career. In the pantheon of his victims, we find Sevilla FC, which conceded 27 goals in 18 matches against the winner of Euro 2016. And just behind, there is Atlético de Madrid. In 35 matches against the Colchoneros, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a whopping 25 goals and delivered 9 offerings while winning 17 matches (9 draws and 9 losses). Crossing paths with CR7 is therefore not synonymous with good news for Diego Simeone’s team.
Atlético suffered, but not all the time
Of the 35 games he played, he found the net 15 times. 12 of his 25 goals have come from La Liga matches with two hat-tricks in wide wins (4-1 in 2011/2012 and 3-0 in 2016/2017) and a brace (4-1 in 2011/2012). Significant matches from a national point of view, especially the treble of 2011/2012 which was important in the title of champion of Spain won that year by Real Madrid. However, we also remember a heavy 4-0 defeat of the Merengues against their rival in La Liga during the 2014/2015 season and Cristiano Ronaldo was on the pitch.
In terms of National Cups, we note that he was silent during the 2014/2015 Supercopa lost against Atlético (1-1 and 0-1) and that he often scored in the Copa del Rey (6 goals in 7 matches) for two qualifications, one elimination and a lost final (2-1 after extra time in 2012/2013) where he took a red card. His reputation has grown especially in the Champions League where he has weighed almost every double confrontation.
Blonde locks, symbol of the apocalypse
Gomina in the hair or with beautiful blonde locks, Cristiano Ronaldo blew panic in the ranks of Atlético de Madrid especially in the Champions League. First act in 2013/2014 during the final won 4-1 after extra time by Real Madrid. Despite an average match, Cristiano Ronaldo will put his team to safety with an offering for Marcelo and a goal from the penalty spot.
The following season, Atlético de Madrid was eliminated in the quarter-finals. Holding the 0-0 in the first leg, but also in the return until the 88th minute, the mattress club will be crucified on a goal from Javier Hernandez whose passer was … Cristiano Ronaldo. During the 2015/2016 season, Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid met again in the final. After 120 minutes, the score is 1-1 and Cristiano Ronaldo hasn’t scored. However, he will put the decisive shot on goal (5-3).
“Aren’t you happy? Triple”
“Aren’t you happy? Triple!” This sentence of Kylian Mbappé can be transcribed for the detractors of Cristiano Ronaldo as he knocked out the Colchoneros during the 2016/2017 and 2018/2019 editions. Author of a hat-trick during the 2016/2017 financial year in a 3-0 victory, he will bring the Colchoneros to their knees, making the 2-1 defeat in the second leg quite anecdotal. Transferred to Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo will continue to abuse Diego Simeone’s band once again.
As the Colchoneros win the first leg 2-0 against a totally dominated Juventus, it is believed that they will defeat the Indian sign. Yet the return match is a festival for the Portuguese. With two headers and a penalty, Cristiano Ronaldo will completely reverse the situation for his team to win 3-0. A result synonymous with qualification for the Vecchia Signora. With Juventus, he will face Atlético de Madrid in the group stage the following year without scoring (2-2 and 1-0 victory) in two more anecdotal matches.
Fear is always present
Cristiano Ronaldo made Atlético de Madrid suffer so much in the Champions League that it took until the 2019/2020 season and a 2-1 defeat against RB Leipzig to see a team without the Portuguese in their ranks eliminate the Colchoneros version Diego Simeone of a European competition since 2012/2013. A huge trauma that still follows the mattress club today. Before facing Manchester United this Wednesday in the round of 16 of the Champions League (meeting to follow on our live commentary), Angel Correa expressed the fear that Cristiano Ronaldo embodies.
The Argentinian surrendered for brand : “We know how Cristiano is, he has already hurt us a lot in other times when we have faced each other. It’s not enough to look at Cristiano, you have to look at the whole team. They’re a great team, but you have to think about making a big effort to beat them.” While the entire Manchester United team will have to be wary of, Atlético de Madrid will clearly have an even more watchful eye around Cristiano Ronaldo. The threat is clearly identified.
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