Cristiano Ronaldo Could Get A Crack With His Old Club
The draw of the Champions League was held on Friday, July 11, and it did not disappoint the audiences at all. There is something very special, and exciting matchups to look forward to with us for our readers. The Round of 16 hasn’t yet been completed, but if Juventus can get past Lyon, they might face either Real Madrid or Manchester City.
That indicates that Cristiano Ronaldo could get a crack with his old club that he had left exactly two years ago. As if that’s not going to be exciting enough, yet Juventus could also face Barcelona in the semifinals. It simply means that we are going to watch another battle between longtime rivals Lionel Messi, and Ronaldo.
Something Exciting Is Expected That Has Never Happened In UEFA History
But it won’t be fair to get too far ahead of ourselves, because there are five more reasons that can offer us pleasures about the quarter-final draw, with an assist from ESPN Stats & Info:
The two certain quarterfinal matchups Atlanta vs. Paris-Saint Germain, and RB Leipzig vs. Atletico Madrid, feature teams that have never faced each other in the history of UEFA competition. One of the four teams discussed above is going to be in the Champions League final.
Here we see that Atletico Madrid is the only one of the four teams, which has played twice in a final before, losing in 2014 and 2016. The team has also lost the 1974 European Cup final as well.
Who is Favorite Enough to Take His Team to the Victory Stand?
Juventus and Real Madrid have met 21 times in the UEFA competition. There are two Champions League finals also included in the list. Real Madrid had won both times in the final of 1998 (1-0) and 2017 (4-1). Cristiano Ronaldo has earned the credit to score 25 goals in Champions League quarter-finals, 13 more than the next-closest player, who is ultimately our Messi.
If we keep the champion league history aside, we find that Ronaldo and Messi have their work cut out for them this year. Bayern Munich and Manchester City are the co-favorites to take their team on the victory stand according to Caesars Sportsbook, at +300. According to the index of FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power, Real Madrid and Juventus are both at a 2% chance of winning the Champions League of this year’s, while Barcelona has got just 11%.