Paulo Dybala steals show from Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League with thunderbolt strike

Paulo Dybala steals show from Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League with thunderbolt strike

Paulo Dybala steals show from Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League with thunderbolt strike

 

Paulo Dybala steals show from Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League with thunderbolt strike. Paulo Dybala’s venomous strike saw the Argentine upstage Cristiano Ronaldo as Juventus beat Atlético Madrid 1-0 Tuesday in a night of Champions League drama.

For the second time in the Champions League this month, Ronaldo had the headlines ripped away from him after being usurped by the actions of a teammate.
Three weeks ago, it was Aaron Ramsay who poked in Ronaldo’s goalbound free kick to prevent him from breaking a new league record by scoring against a 34th different club.
Paulo Dybala steals show from Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League with thunderbolt strike
Paulo Dybala steals show from Cristiano Ronaldo in Champions League with thunderbolt strike
But this is Ronaldo we are talking about. Surely, after that misfortune, it wasn’t going to be a similar story on this occasion.
After all, the Portuguese star was breaking records before he even kicked a ball.
He was making his 175th Champions League appearance — the most of any outfield player in the competition. Only goalkeeper Iker Casillas tops that, with 188 appearances.
Ronaldo’s also the leading scorer in Champions League history, with 127 goals to his name.
But on Tuesday night, surpassing AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini’s appearance tally was about as good as it got for Ronaldo.
The first 45 minutes of this contest lacked any real quality or excitement, but with just seconds of the first half remaining, Dybala produced a moment of magic to send his side’s supporters wild and social media into meltdown.
From an almost impossible angle, he struck a thunderbolt past the flailing hands of Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak.
Since the start of last season, Ronaldo has taken 10 free kicks and scored zero goals. Dybala has now scored one in just two attempts.
And it’s not just free kicks Ronaldo has to worry about. Since he joined Juventus in 2018, Dybala tops the leaderboard in the Champions League goals department with eight, compared with Ronaldo’s seven.
Ronaldo’s failure to even make the scoresheet is made worse by the fact, in the past, he has risen to the occasion against Atlético.
The Portuguese star has scored 25 goals against Atlético in all competitions, only Sevilla (27) has suffered more.
During his time at Real Madrid alone, Ronaldo scored 22 goals in 31 games against Atletico.
And last season, he was at it again, hitting a hat-trick to help Juventus overturn a first-leg deficit to win 3-2 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Champions League.
The 1-0 win over Atletico guaranteed Juventus finished top of group D and a supposedly easier time in the next round of the competition.
Atletico Madrid’s place in the next stage of the Champions League is not yet certain, and it must beat Lokomotiv Moscow next month to be certain of qualification.

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