Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s Real Madrid – Barcelona Champions League Final In Spain Burns
Cristiano Ronaldo dreams of a Real Madrid â€“ Barcelona match in the final of the Champions League which will be staged in Spain, at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old star winger has played against Barcelona at four occasions in his career already.
The first time Cristiano Ronaldo met the Catalans will always remain as a sour moment for the Portuguese playmaker and his fans.
It was in the semi-finals of the 2008 UEFA Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo was then a Manchester United player and he was eager to help the Red Devils dominate the team of his rival, Lionel Messi.
Cristiano Ronaldo had the chance to take the game by storm as Manchester United were awarded a penalty in the opening three minutes.
Astonishingly, he blasted the ball wide although Victor Valdezâ€™ wrong guess had left the net almost empty in front of Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s eyes.
Fortunately enough, this mistake didnâ€™t prove to be very costly as Manchester United still managed to edge 1-0 on aggregate past Barcelona thanks to Paul Scholesâ€™ screamer in the second leg of the fixture.
A year later, Cristiano Ronaldo had another opportunity to redeem himself against Barcelona in the 2009 Champions League final in Rome.
He was seen as the most dangerous player on the pitch during the first ten minutes of the game, testing Victor Valdez twice with good long range shots.
But when Samuel Etoâ€™o broke the deadlock for Barcelona quickly after, Manchester Unitedâ€™s strength faded away.
In the end, Lionel Messiâ€™s header in the late stages of the game and Alex Fergusonâ€™s bizarre substitutions and tactics rounded up the Red Devils defeat which left Cristiano Ronaldo angry at the manner in which Manchester United had lost.
Lately, Cristiano Ronaldo featured for a bit more than an hour against Barcelona in his first El Clasico. The current Real Madrid forward had a good game and a couple of chances to put Los Blancos into the lead.
He was then taken off and had to endure Real Madridâ€™s 1-0 defeat away to Barcelona from the bench.
Now, Cristiano Ronaldoâ€™s desire to beat Barcelona with Real Madrid is more than ever intense.
Speaking with Correio da Manha, a sport daily, Cristiano Ronaldo didnâ€™t hide his intentions of â€œfacing Barcelona in the Champions League final and beating themâ€.
For Cristiano Ronaldo, helping Real Madrid to lift the trophy with dazzling performances is never impossible.
The Portuguese superstar just hopes that his body wonâ€™t be affected by injury worries anymore.
He told the media:
â€œI hope I donâ€™t have any more injuries and I wish to help Real Madrid winning the titles of all the competition in which we are this season.â€
Extending his views on Real Madrid as a team, Cristiano Ronaldo declared:
â€œI am completely confident that weâ€™re going to improve even more until the end of the season.â€
Angela Asante, CRF Chief Editor