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Massimiliano Allegri said after Juventus' 2-0 defeat against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday that Cristiano Ronaldo "was playing a good match".
The Portuguese international has failed to score Wanda Metropolitano have scored only one goal, which means that the best scorer in the UEFA Champions League has scored only one goal in six games in Europe this season:
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Cristiano Ronaldo has only scored a goal in 479 minutes of the Champions League this season.
An end to his domination of the UCL? 👀 https://t.co/VFsVukZucm
He showed his irritation with the result of the first leg of the last 16 games as he was crossing the mixed zone after the match. He raised his right hand to indicate his five victories in the Champions League and declared: "I have five champions leagues; [Atletico] do not have any. "
Mens El Mensaje from @Cristiano al abandonar el Metropolitano:
"Tengo Cinco Champions and el @Atleti Cero" https://t.co/Xi8tghOkeu
Allegri supported his star man after the match, by Dejan Kalinic of Goal: "Ronaldo played a good game, he is confident with this type of match, he was not bad at all, we missed all the second half in the team and this match will be useful in the Waiting for the return match. "
In addition to not having much impact in attack, Ronaldo also played a role in Atletico 's second goal.
After José Gimenez gave the hosts the lead after 78 minutes and Diego Godin doubled their lead five minutes later, deflecting against the five-time winner of the Golden Ball (USA only):
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Atletico Madrid made a DECLARATION on his home ground today The Spaniards beat Juventus 2-0 and could easily scored 4 or 5 #UCL https://t.co/MVq1C5ZqiC
Ronaldo has been the top scorer in the Champions League in seven of the last eleven seasons, including each of the five campaigns where he won the famous trophy.
He scored eight goals in the 2007-08 campaign, during which he played a crucial role in Manchester United's triumph.
And his numbers were staggering in 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18, when he scored 60 goals in total while Real won the trophy four times.
His move to Juve last summer immediately led many make the old lady's favorites for the 2018-2019 tournament, given Ronaldo's outstanding talent in the Champions League during her career.
However, Juve is about to leave prematurely. Although Atletico will be careful not to underestimate Ronaldo.
In the semifinals of the 2016-17 Champions League, Ronaldo scored a hat trick against them in Santiago Bernabeu to allow Real to win 3-0.
He is more than capable of doing the same thing during the return match at Allianz Stadium on March 12th.
But Atleti has placed himself in a fantastic position to qualify for the quarterfinals of the European elite competition for the fifth time in six seasons.