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Juventus 2-1 Lokomotiv Moscow: 3 talking points | UEFA Champions League 2019-20

  • 3 talking points from Juventus' 2-1 comeback victory over Lokomotiv Moscow in the Champions League.
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Modified 23 Oct 2019, 12:50 IST

#2 Ronaldo made to wait for new record

Juventus v Lokomotiv Moskva: Group D - UEFA Champions League
Juventus v Lokomotiv Moskva: Group D - UEFA Champions League

Since making his professional debut in August 2002, Cristiano Ronaldo has played his way into being considered arguably the greatest player ever to lace up a pair of football boots. The Madeira native has set so many records that it would be very difficult if not impossible to list them all.

He has conquered almost all fronts, but one stage stands out from the rest as almost a personal vineyard. Ronaldo more often than not saves his best performances for the Champions League.

A number of records have been shattered, set and re-set by the 34-year-old, including - becoming the first player to score 100 goals, the first player to score 100 goals for one club, the player with the most knockout goals, the first player to score in 11 consecutive matches, the all-time leading goalscorer and the first player to score 15 goals in a single tournament.

It is almost difficult to imagine that there is any record left to be broken by Ronaldo. But that happens to be the case; for all of his greatness, there is one feat yet to be attained by Ronaldo.

Throughout his Champions League career, Ronaldo has faced 50 different clubs in the Champions League and has scored against 33 of those, with teams like Barcelona, Dinamo Zagreb, Napoli and Legia Warsaw among the teams he has drawn blanks against.

This figure puts him equal with the legendary Raul Gonzalez, who also scored against 33 different clubs across his 17-year European career with Schalke 04 and Real Madrid.

The game against Lokomotiv Moscow offered Ronaldo an opportunity to steer clear of his former teammate. But in what was an uncharacteristically anonymous display, he failed to truly test Guilherme in the Lokomotiv goal.

This was the first time Ronaldo had come up against the Russians. Having failed to break the record at the first try, the return leg in Moscow would offer him ample opportunity to add another milestone to a burgeoning collection.

Published 23 Oct 2019, 12:50 IST
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