“Cristiano Ronaldo was the best player on the pitch.” – Zinedine Zidane.
He may have a super-sized ego, but at least Cristiano Ronaldo has the skills to back it up. Tuesday night in the Champions League was yet another fantastic solo achievement for CR9, as the Portuguese forward demonstrated he was back to his best for Real Madrid, scoring twice in the 3-1 Champions League win at Olympique Marseille.
Ronaldo got the ball rolling for Los Blancos after only five minutes, reeling off a trademark 30-yard free-kick that whizzed past home keeper Steve Mandanda into his top corner. Real’s number nine laid claim to his second of the night 10 minutes from time when he profited from a clumsy coming-together between Mandanda and OM centre-back Diawara by pinching possession and coolly slotting home Madrid’s third. Ronaldo is the Champions League’s top goalscorer with six goals (which he’s registered injust three games).
And yet Ronaldo contributed more than just his two strikes.
The former Manchester United player saw a header crash against the post from a corner, while also showing off an array of skills and touches as he tormented the Marseille defenders, turning them inside-out on both flanks.
Highlights of Cristiano Ronaldo’s fabulous shift against Marseille can be seen here.
Life was slightly more taxing for Ronaldinho on Tuesday night, although the bucked-toothed wonder did manage to get on the scoresheet for Milan by scoring an equalising penalty in Zurich.
Positioned on left-flank, as standard, Ronaldinho pulled out several of his party tricks against the Swiss minnows with varying degrees of success. As is often the case, when the backheels and first-time passes reached their intended destination Ronaldinho looked every inch the world beater he once was, but sadly all too often the number 80 lost possession when trying his Hollywood moves.
Of particular concern is Dinho’s movement. With his searing pace long gone, the trickster was largely anonymous in the first 45 minutes, although attempted to take the game by the scruff of the neck early in the second period. His corner found Ambrosini, but the midfielder could only head over from six yards before Ronaldinho then shot from the edge of the area, forcing Leoni to parry the ball away.
His crucial second half penalty, dispatched with ease, did secure Milan’s passage to the knock-out phase of the competition where hopefully Ronny wil be able to step up his game.
Highlights of Ronaldinho’s performance against Zurich can be seen here.