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'Ronaldo Is The UCL's Most Decisive Player'

'Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo Is The UEFA Champions League's Most Decisive Player'

By Kurt Buckerfield - Apr 11, 2018 01:26 PM @KurtLaduma

While FC Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi has been criticised following the Catalan club's shock UEFA Champions League exit on Tuesday, Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been hailed as one of the competition's most decisive players ever.

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Messi and Ronaldo are always being compared to one another, and more fuel has been thrown on the fire after the Argentine and his Barca colleagues were knocked out of the UCL on Tuesday – a competition the Portuguese thrives in.

Many have since slammed Messi for going missing in the Blaugrana's two quarter-final legs against Roma, and former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves has now praised Ronaldo, comparing his influence at Real to Zinedine Zidane's during his playing career.

"There are a lot of people who rise to the top of their field but Ronaldo seems to thrive as the more important a game gets, the better he plays," he told BT Sport.

"Knockout phases, quarters, semis, finals... his scoring rate, even against Lionel Messi, is stunning. It shows how great a player he is.

"If Real play say Olympiakos, they'll beat them anyway, even if Ronaldo isn't playing. But I think the best, like Zidane, in his prime he would pop up with crucial goals in finals.

"You think back to World Cup finals and that Champions League final goal against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002.

"Ronaldo is similar. As good as he is, he seems to have an ability more so than anyone in the Champions League to play another step up from his natural game.

"I think that is a sign of true greatness, when the matches are tight, when the opposition is better, he always seems to produce in decisive games and that is a remarkable trait to have."

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Ronaldo has scored 14 goals in nine Champions League games so far this season, and will be in action against Juventus in the second leg of their quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.

Do you agree with Hargreaves' comments? Let us know in the comments section below. 


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Faysal Joined: 14 Feb 2011
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Faysal Apr 12, 2018 12:29 PM
What penaldo did against Juve he just scored that free penalty
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MSANDROTIC Joined: 18 Jun 2013
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MSANDROTIC Apr 12, 2018 10:55 AM
#KINGCR7
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KhothaKhosi Apr 12, 2018 09:00 AM
I seem to agree with the person who said CR7 is getting ever better with age. Not because of the penalty last nite but overall. Bale is not even comparing to this man, not even close. Benzema as well, looks less of a striker that he is because he plays next to this great man. Hail the King - CR7!
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Hendry Mathabela Apr 11, 2018 07:11 PM
CR7 is the king of soccer
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Dipholo Rangata Apr 11, 2018 05:08 PM
Hurt them cowditor hurt them!
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Michaeltshigama Apr 11, 2018 04:32 PM
He's rite coz King Ronaldo rises in big games more especially in knockout stages n i still maintain that he'll deliver another champions league to Madrid once again
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Mumm_Rubi Apr 11, 2018 03:02 PM
Chances are he'll break his own UEFA 17 goals record!
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leendomint Apr 11, 2018 02:43 PM
Best Ever player in the UCF...
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Mpho wa Cosmos Apr 11, 2018 02:12 PM
Wolfsburg is even now dead since they scored 2 goals at home but CR7 scored 3 alone in the return match. He doesn't want to hear the name UEFA he goes crazy.
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Flipping lyf Apr 11, 2018 01:47 PM
Cr7 rise in big accesion as usual king hit'em hard man
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SaphaCR7 Apr 11, 2018 01:42 PM
King CR7 the man deserve all the praise praise he is the best on what he does. Everyone need to bow their head when there heard the name of CHRISTIANO RONALDO. ALL HAIL MR RECORD BREAKER.
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Pirates_999 Apr 11, 2018 01:37 PM
The best, we will give them another 3-0 so that they can be the leaders in that 3-0 league along with Barca and Chiefs

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