After nine years of joint performances, a performance with a number of historical performances and a total of four cups in the Champions League, Real (Madrid) and Cristiano Ronaldo are starting a new march to the most valuable trophy in club football. This time, however, on different roads.
The Spanish club will try to prove that he can continue his hegemony in European football and after his big star holiday. The Portuguese top scorer, who moved to Juventus for 100 million euros this summer, is trying to equalize two legendary recordings in the strongest club tournament.
Ronaldo can only become the second player in history to win the Champions League or the European Champions Cup with three different clubs. Until now, only the Dutchman Clarence Seedorf has done with Ajax (1995), Real (1998) and Milan (2003 and 2007).
Five-time winner of the Golden Ball aims for a new record – for most European cups. He has five – four with Real and one with Manchester United in 2008. With more than just the Spaniard Francisco Hento – six with Real between 1956 and 1966
Is the end of the long waiting time coming
Having managed to shake off the effects of Calçopoli, Juventus succeeded in gaining full domination in Italy and once again becoming one of the great contenders for the European throne. The Bianconers played two finals in the last four years – in 2015 and 2017, but first moved back to Barcelona and then stopped at Real.
Juventus already has seven lost finals in the strongest club tournament and the dreamed third trophy continues to slip away for 22 years. By attracting the most successful footballer in the history of the Champions League, the Torino club hopes to close the long wait.
Ronaldo & # 39; s Juventus has started with three consecutive no-goal matches. This promptly commented that in a new club and 33 years he would not be able to maintain the same high standards as he proposed for "Santiago Bernabeu".
The Portuguese, however, quickly recalled the weekend when he scored two goals for the 2: 1 victory against Sassuolo. "I really wanted to score these first goals and I am very happy to have found a way to get the net," said Ronaldo.
"It was clear that I was a bit nervous about all these conversations after my transfer from Real and the lack of goals because I had high expectations, but I knew that I was working hard and it was only a matter of time to start marking "he added.
The Juventus route of the Champions League starts tonight with a visit to Valencia from 22:00. The Spanish team started a bad season and the Italian champion will try to deepen the Mestas crisis with the help of Ronaldo who scored 15 of his 451 goals for Real against the bats.
Besides Ronaldo, Real was also left behind by senior coach Zinedine Zidane. In his place came Hullen Lopeggi, who, because of his contract with Madrid, was fired only one day before the start of the World Cup as national coach of Spain.
Can Real also win without Ronaldo?
The new era in the Royal Club started with a very disappointing loss of Atletico (Madrid) for the Super Cup of Spain. On the weekend, the White lost first points in La Liga after only one draw in their visit to Athletic Bilbao.
At this stage it is too early to say what the effect will be for the club of the divorce with Ronaldo. In Real they have confidence that they are now much more team than if they were dependent on the goals of their previous talisman.
"Maybe the situation is a bit quieter (without Ronaldo)." I think we are more coherent now, we work more like a single player than a single player, "said Bale on the eve of Real Madrid's first game in the league league.
The European champion is starting to defend the Roma trophy. The Santiago Bernabeu race starts at 22:00.
The matches today
19.55 "Ajax" – AEK
22.00 "Benfica" – "Bayern"
19.55 "Shakhtar" – "Hoffenheim"
22.00 "Manchester City" – "Lyon"
22.00 "Real" (Madrid) – "Roma"
22.00 "Victoria" (Pilsen) – CSKA (Moscow)
22.00 "Valenia" – "Juventus"
22.00 "Young Boys" – "Manchester United"