Top 5 Performances of Cristiano Ronaldo against Atletico Madrid
Real Madrid will be visiting the Wanda Metropolitano this Saturday to face their city rivals, Atletico Madrid. It is the fixture that their star player cherishes and has done well over the years.
Ronaldo is the top scorer in the Madrid derby with 21 goals and has six goals in his past four outings versus Atleti. Although the four-time Ballon d'Or winner has just one goal in La Liga this season, it will be interesting to see if he can get past his goal-scoring struggles to take his team to a vital victory.
For now, let us take a look at five of the top performances of Ronaldo against Atleti.
#5. Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid, UEFA Champions League (2014-15)
On April 22, 2015, Atletico Madrid visited the Santiago Bernabeu for the 2nd leg of the quarter final in 2014-15 UEFA Champions League. The 1st leg ended in a goalless draw at Vicente Calderon and it was all to play for at the Bernabeu.
Except for the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League final, Los Blancos were unable to defeat their city rivals in the previous seven outings. The pressure was on Ronaldo to deliver the goods in the absence of two members of ‘BBC’ trident-- Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema. Also, Luka Modric and Marcelo were ruled out of the fixture.
The visitors frustrated Real for the majority of the match and the game was heading for extra-time as Cristiano Ronaldo drove forward and squared for Hernandez to slot home.
Although Cristiano didn't score in the fixture but he was Madrid's brightest player on the pitch. The Portuguese tested Atletico Goalkeeper, Oblak on six occasions and was one of the players fouled by Arda Turan as the latter got sent off in the 76th minute of the match.
Judging by the importance of the fixture and unavailability of players, this performance of Ronaldo certainly deserves a spot on this list.