On a night in which two of Europe’s biggest clubs came head to head, it was Cristiano Ronaldo who stepped up yet again and delivered the goods in Europe…and what a way to deliver the win for Madrid.
Ronaldo bagged two goals during Madrid’s emphatic 3-0 away victory against Juventus, but it was the second strike, a sumptuous bicycle kick that every man and his dog will be talking about for years to come. What a finish from the Portuguese maestro and that goal not only resulted in another nail in Juve’s Champions League coffin, but it also lead to one of the highest Media point tallies we’ve ever seen. With over 3000 points on the Media Rankings, King Ron was the runaway winner last night. He’s already hit a massive score as of time of writing today and he could well win Media Dividends again even if Liverpool and Man City deliver a classic in tonight’s fixture.
Ronaldo’s goals prove undoubtedly that he is the current king when it comes the Champions League. Having chalked up more goals than games in the competition since joining Madrid, it’s easy to see why Tom’s Tip of the Day yesterday was all about Ronaldo see here. If you’d bought some Ronaldo, you’d be looking at a 36p increase in value over 24 hours, not to mention the dividends received from his winning score of 213 points for Top Forward and Star Player. Brazilian defender Marcelo (£2.15) killed off the tie with the final goal which also resulted in a decent increase of 17p; nudging him over the £2.00 barrier. In addition to this, Marcelo also won the defensive dividend with a points total of 157.
Madrid’s gain was definitely Juve’s pain, as the two players who saw the biggest drop in value were Argentine strikers Paulo Dybala (£4.63) and Gonzalo Higuain (£1.39) who recorded drops in valuation by 41p and 26p respectively. It really wasn’t a good night for Dybala in particular, as he saw red in the second half following a second bookable offence. Dybala is considered by many to be one of the heirs apparent to the likes of Messi and Ronaldo, but it does seem as though the old king Ronaldo showed Dybala that he’s still got some way to go to knock him off his lofty perch.
Elsewhere Bayern Munich came from a goal behind to defeat Sevilla 2-1 thanks to a winning goal from Thiago Alcantara. The Brazilian midfielder hasn’t quite hit the heights of last year due to injury, but his goal certainly gives Bayern a foothold in the tie.
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The Champions League action continues tonight with an all British affair as Liverpool take on Man City in what promises to be a great match. With the likes of Mohamed Salah (£8.13) dominating the headlines as of late, there will be many traders hoping the Egyptian delivers the goods once again. However, based on the hype surrounding Ronaldo following his wonder strike last night, it’s going to take something special to one-up the current king of Europe.