In what was almost a complete re-enactment of Manchester United’s win over Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon back in 2007, Cristiano Ronaldo scored a late free-kick to salvage the game for Real Madrid against his boyhood club. Zinedine Zidane’s men found themselves trailing going into the closing stages, until the 2016 Ballon d’Or winner stepped up with yet another moment of magic in front of a capacity crowd at the Santiago Bernabeu. The goal means that Ronaldo has now scored five times against former teams in the Champions League, which includes a crucial goal at Old Trafford under Jose Mourinho.
The goal from Ronaldo was made all the sweeter, as minutes later, and with just seconds remaining on the clock, Alvaro Morata struck to seal a dramatic win for the Spanish giants. The headlines were once again made by Ronaldo however, and despite having extended his record of failing to score in 43 free-kick attempts at major tournaments for Portugal this summer as they won Euro 2016, a sublime effort from all of 25 yards certainly answered his critics. The goal meant that Ronaldo continued to add to his already impressive record in Europe’s premier club competition, making it 94 Champions League goals in total, 12 of which have been free-kicks.
A Champions League group containing German Bundesliga team Borussia Dortmund, along with minnows Legia Warsaw should certainly not cause Madrid too many problems, as they bid to add to their already record breaking eleven European Cup wins. Ronaldo and Co are once again the favourites to lift the trophy at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff next year among the football bookmakers, and for those of you looking to back someone else in the betting odds, bear in mind Madrid’s history beforehand.
Madrid return to action in La Liga this weekend having won all three of their opening fixtures, and will once again be the favourites in the football betting to claim all three points away at Espanyol. Having missed the opening two encounters of the season, Ronaldo will be looking to make up for lost time in Barcelona this weekend, with Real Betis’ Ruben Castro and Barcelona’s Luis Suarez currently leading the goal scoring charts with four and three goals respectively. With the Uruguayan having come out on top last time around, Ronaldo will be looking to better his 35 La Liga goals from 2015/16. Ronaldo is unsurprisingly offered short odds by football bookmakers to achieve such a goal.