Ronaldo eyes European century of goals‎ on home soil

By Ikenga Chronicles November 22, 2016

Ronaldo eyes European century of goals‎ on home soil

After  hitting his 39th Real Madrid hat-trick, Cristiano Ronaldo will be looking forward to another landmark when he returns to where his career began at Sporting Lisbon on Tuesday.

With just two goals shy from 100 in European competition, competitive Ronaldo is expected to be hard on his former club to attain this height.

The three-time World Player of the Year has scored on all five occasions he has faced his former clubs in the Champions League, netting twice against Sporting for Manchester United in 2007 and as Real produced a stunning late fightback from 1-0 down with 89 minutes played to win 2-1 when the sides met back in September.

Despite that Ronaldo is still loved by the Sporting faithful and not to forget he led Portugal to their first ever international tournament win at Euro 2016 which cements his love in the heart of his homeland fans.

Whilst a point will be enough for Madrid to seal their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League for a record 20th consecutive season, anything other than victory will end Sporting’s chances of making the last 16.

Speaking on the game, Sporting coach, Jorge Jesus said “We know that we are facing the strongest team in the world right now, that is why they won the Champions League [last season]”

“But Sporting have desire, confidence and we will play like in Madrid with a lot of quality and confidence. We lacked that little bit of experience you have to have in the last 10 minutes in the Champions League, like all the Real Madrid players have. We ought to have gotten a better result,” added Jesus.

“When you are winning 1-0 in the 83rd minute, you can fail to win but you can’t lose. “Ronaldo’s free-kick is an example. He is an intelligent guy, with experience and he took this free-kick which was decisive. When we say he is the best in the world, it is because he has everything.”

The only debate over Ronaldo’s return is whether he starts in a centre-forward role as he did against Atletico or whether Zinedine Zidane recalls the fit again Karim Benzema.

Real appeared better balanced with Ronaldo flanked by Gareth Bale and Lucas Vazquez at the weekend, but Zidane has previously stated the “BBC” frontline of Bale and Benzema, Cristiano will always start when fit.

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