The excitement moves on as European heavyweights continue locking horns in the Round of 16 stage of the UEFA Champions League this season. Once again, all eyes will be on Portuguese superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo as he leads Juventus's charge for European glory for another year.
After succumbing to two final defeats in the European tournament - both to FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in 2015 and 2017 respectively - the Bianconeri decided it was time to take a step further - sending shockwaves across the globe by luring Ronaldo to the Allianz Stadium to bolster their chances.
The experiment didn't produce the desired outcome last season. The Italian champions were sent packing from the competition by a young Ajax side in the quarter-finals. Nevertheless, Ronaldo remains as determined as ever to lift the Bianconeri to the summit of European football. Below are four reasons why he could finally get the job done this term:
#3 He's peaking at the right time
Cristiano Ronaldo had a slow start to the season, experiencing a dip in form as Juventus kick-started their defense of the Serie A title. However, he's taken his game to another level since we entered 2020, rolling back the years with scintillating performances and punishing opposition defenses at every given opportunity.
Following his return of 21 goals and eight assists from 31 Serie A appearances for the Old Lady that earned him the Serie A MVP award last term, he's already bagged 20 goals from 20 games in the Italian top flight, including 15 in his last 10 games.
The Portuguese has really peaked at the right time for Juventus and that comes as a huge boost to their Champions League hopes. He will lead the attack when the Bianconeri travel to France to face Olympic Lyon for the first leg of their Round of 16 encounter this Wednesday.
#Note: All statistics are as of February 22, 2020