Ronaldo struck twice as Real Madrid defeat Juventus 3-0 away from home

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Ronaldo brought something more to the table with a bicycle kick as Real beat Juventus 3-0 in the first leg quarter-final on Tuesday.

He started the scoring at Juventus within three minutes and added another in the second half with a sensational bicycle kick, taking him to 14 goals in this season’s competition. Marcelo Viera scored the third goal.

The 33-year-old Portugal star broke the previous record of former Manchester United player Ruud van Nistelrooy, who scored in 9 consecutive games during 2002-03.

“We saw what Ronaldo is and always has been – a player of extraordinary level who along with Leo Messi is achieving the greatest heights,” said Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

“This means they can be compared to Maradona and Pele for the way they ultimately are able to decide matches and trophies won by their teams.”

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane opted for the same line up as last year’s final when the Spaniards defeated Juventus 4-1 at Cardiff to lift the European title a record 12th time.

The defeat spoiled the chances for the 40-year-old Buffon who has never won the Champions League title in his long and illustrious career.

The opposition already had no goals for their side and a red card for Paulo Dybala in the second half added more frustration.

I feel great regret and disappointment,” said Buffon. “Because we probably won’t be able to go forward in the tournament and that is a regret, a big regret, but it’s also true that when you meet certain opponents, you must have a clear enough head to recognize they are objectively stronger.”

Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score in 10 successive Champions League games. He now has a total of 23 goals in the competition for Madrid. The entire crowd stood in his praise as he left the pitch.

The second leg will be played in Madrid on April 11.

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