Serie A giants Juventus will take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of UEFA Champions League Round of 16 clash. Juventus will be looking at their new talisman Cristiano Ronaldo to find his European scoring boots as they hope to end Atletico Madrid's unbeaten run of 12 Champions League knockout games at home.
Max Allegri's Juventus was a beaten finalist in two of the last four seasons and was knocked out by Real Madrid twice in the last three campaigns. Cristiano Ronaldo played a pivotal role for Los Blancos, ending the hopes of Juventus but with Cristiano on his side now, Allegri will hope to fulfill their quest to conquer Champions League.
Despite scoring 11 times in the last eight games, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored only one goal in his last eight Champions League games. He might be leading the Serie A charts in scoring and assisting with 19 goals and 8 assists, Cristiano's Champions League campaign was off to a slow start in the group stages, which includes a red card.
The football world is familiar with Cristiano's exploits as his staggering statistics tells his story. He has scored 21 goals and provided 8 assists against Atletico Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo is also the all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 121 goals.
Despite being the greatest goalscorer in the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo is yet to overtake Lionel Messi considering the Round of 16. Lionel Messi is the all-time Round of 16 top scorer with 24 goals, four goals ahead of Cristiano.
Leo Messi played last night when Barcelona faced Lyon but the match ended in a goalless draw. That will be a major boost for Cristiano to edge closer with some goals in the pivotal clash against Atletico Madrid.
As evident, Cristiano knows a thing or two about facing Atletico Madrid from his time with Real Madrid. The last three times Atletico Madrid had to endure a hat-trick against them was due to Cristiano. Even with some of the best defenders of the world, Atletico will be wary of the threat of Cristiano in the penalty box.