CRISTIANO RONALDO will welcome Manchester United’s trip to Atletico Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Ronaldo, who first faced Atletico in his opening campaign at Real in 2010, has scored 25 goals in 35 matches against Atletico.
The only team he has scored more goals in is Sevilla – 27 goals.
But the Portuguese legend had only one assist against Sevilla – compared to the five he had against Atletico.
This brings his tally of goals against the La Liga champions to 30 – more than any opponent he has ever met.
Ronaldo also scored four spectacular hat-tricks in matches with Diego Simeoneof men.
Three of those came for Real Madrid – in 2012 and two in 2017 – before he won the crucial treble in Juventus’ 3-2 aggregate win over Atletico in the 2018-19 Champions League round of 16. .
But the key moments to remember in Atletico’s mind were the 2014 and 2016 Champions League finals.
Eight years ago, he scored Real’s fourth goal in a 4-1 win over Atleti in Lisbon.
Two years later, Real beat rivals Madrid once again on Europe’s biggest stage.
This time, Ronaldo scored the decisive goal as they sealed a 5-3 victory on penalties.
In total, he won 16, drew 10 and lost nine matches against Atletico.
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He will now hope to add to his inventory when he takes on them with Man Utd in the last 16 on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils have only reached the quarter-finals of Europe’s top league once since 2014.
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