Juventus take on Lyon in their Champions League last 16 clash with Cristiano Ronaldo ready and raring to go in the competition.
With the Bianconeri looking to put their surprising defeat against Ajax in last season’s quarter-final behind them, they have a Ronaldo in top form in France.
The Portuguese forward has scored in his last 11 Serie A games, equalling an all-time record in Italy. And with 25 goals in 30 matches in all competitions, Cristiano only has one goal… The Champions League.
With just two goals in the group stage this season, Ronaldo is in the midst of one of his worst campaigns in the competition of which he is the all-time top scorer with 148 goals.
Things though change from Wednesday evening, as we enter the ‘CR7 zone’ of the Champions League as the Juventus forward has scored more goals in the knockout rounds – 65 goals – than in the group stages – 63 goals.
Ronaldo is also the top scorer in the quarter-finals – 24 goals – semi-finals – 13 goals – and the final – 4 goals. However, in the Round of 16, he is behind Lionel Messi who has 26 goals, with Ronaldo on 23.
In the first knockout round of the Champions League, Ronaldo has played 16 of the 17 times in the competition, only being eliminated with Manchester United in the group stage in 2005/06.
Last season, Ronaldo continued this trend, as he bagged just one goal in the first stage of the competition, before unleashing a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid to turnaround a 2-0 deficit from the first leg.
He then scored in both matches against Ajax, but was unable to prevent Juventus from being eliminated.
“If it were up to me, I would only play in the Champions League and with Portugal,” Ronaldo said in October.
Lyon have fallen in the last 16 in the last two seasons, first in the Champions League against Barcelona, then in the Europa League in 2017/18 against CSKA Moscow. Now Cristiano arrives in France.