Atletico Madrid and Juventus played a classic Champions League encounter in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw, yet one player who was on the outside looking in was Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Portuguese forward continuing to suffer a nightmare when he returns to the Spanish capital.
Cristiano has never struggled to cause Atleti pain, especially in Champions League finals, but ever since the construction of the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, he has struggled to have any impact in matches against Los Colchoneros.
In the build-up to the match all the headlines were about the meeting of Portugal’s bright future and glorious past in the forms of Joao Felix and Cristiano respectively, yet neither were central figures.
The insults which were thrown at Cristiano when he returned in the knockout stage of the Champions League last season were repeated on Wednesday, perhaps with even more vitriol, however he wasn’t able to respond in his customary, match-winning fashion.
In the three matches he has played at the new stadium, he has yet to find the net, with his first appearance coming with Los Blancos and the final two with the Bianconeri.
Whilst he failed to mark his return to Madrid in the Champions League last term, he scored a memorable hat-trick in the return leg.
Cristiano had very few chances to score on Wednesday evening, and the visitors were left crushed by an injury-time equaliser scored by the hosts.