5 defenders who stopped Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo’s record speaks for itself when the talk veers to just how devastating he can be on the field. Although there have been several low points for him in recent game weeks, he is easily one of the best players the world has ever seen.
Last year he lifted the Ballon d’Or and the FIFA Best men’s player awards, and Real Madrid currently lead the La Liga table.
Ronaldo has also changed his game a lot to cope with age. He started out as a pacey winger who could run riot against defences, but now he focuses on getting the ball into the back of the net with great efficiency.
He can still go past players, but not at the frequency he used to. Defenders still have to work really hard to constrict his movement and stop him from scoring.
But here are 5 defenders who have been successful against the Real Madrid superstar.
#5 Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa
One of the advantages of being Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates is that to you learn how he plays. Sergio Ramos and Alvaro Arbeloa used that advantage against him when Portugal met Spain in Euro 2012.
Without an international trophy at that point, Portugal were only two steps away from achieving their dream in 2012 when they met Spain, the holders, at the semi-final stage of the competition.
The game was definitely not a classic. There were hardly any shots on target as both sides opted to play as defensively as possible, with the aim being not to concede.
Now Ronaldo is one player who can break the deadlock even when a team is not playing at its best. But on this occasion, he was unable to influence the game whatsoever. This was largely due to how well Ramos and Arbeloa managed to contain him. They did not give him a minute’s rest and kept him quiet throughout.