Cristiano Ronaldo Reveals Why He Wants to Avoid Real Madrid in Last 16 of Champions League

?Juventus superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has revealed that he wants to avoid meeting ex-club Real Madrid in the Champions League any sooner than the final, but would then be happy to face his former employers in the showpiece event.

Ronaldo could come up against Madrid, for whom he scored a club-record 450 goals in nine years, in the last 16 as Los Blancos will be unseeded in next week’s draw after failing to win their group. Juventus, on the other hand, are among the seeded sides after winning theirs.

Cristiano Ronaldo

The 34-year-old would prefer not to face his old teammates at this relatively early stage of the competition but is happy to meet them in the final in May in Istanbul.

“Real Madrid are an extraordinary side but I’d prefer to play them later on. Maybe in the final, I’d take that right now,” Ronaldo is quoted as saying by Marca.

Ronaldo won four Champions Leagues during his time with Real, starting with the long elusive Decima in 2013/14. He added further trophies to his collection in 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18, taking his career tally to five European titles after also winning it with Manchester United.

Ronaldo joined Juve for €100m in 2018, shortly after his most recent Champions League win. The big hope is for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner to finally get his new club over the line in the competition, as they have lost multiple finals over the years.

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Ronaldo himself was part of a Real side that beat Juve in the 2017 final, while the perennial Italian champions were beaten by Barcelona at the same stage in 2015.

Overall, Juve have played in nine European Cup and Champions League finals, but have lost seven of them. As well as losses in recent seasons, they have also been beaten in finals in 2003, 1998 and 1997 since their last Champions League triumph in 1996.

Last season, with Ronaldo, Juve fell to dark horses Ajax at the quarter-final stage.

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