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25.08.2019 » Why Ronaldo is Juventus' main weapon to win the Champions League

Cristiano Ronaldo holding up his 5 fingers in a Juventus game

Juventus are going to be all-in in the Champions League this year and there's no way to hide it anymore. The Italian champions have dominated everything and everyone in Italy, but they're yet to impress in Europe. And that's where Cristiano Ronaldo comes in...

The Champions League is the one trophy that has eluded Juventus throughout their last ten years of dominance, and the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer was meant to make them the leading side to achieve European success. However, last season's attempt didn't play out the way that many had hoped, and the Old Lady were knocked out by Ajax in the quarterfinals. However, the 2019-20 season begins with Ronaldo once again one of the pivotal members of this Juventus side. Punters can take advantage of his excellent record in Europe as you can back Ronaldo to score first at many of the UK's best betting sites. If Juventus are to be successful this season, then the Portuguese captain will undoubtedly be a driving force...

Cristiano Ronaldo - Mr. Champions League:

European record

Only Iker Casillas has played in more Champions League fixtures than Ronaldo, and that looks like a record that will soon be Ronaldo's. The legendary goalkeeper has played in 177 matches in Europe, and with Porto exiting at the qualification round this season, Ronaldo could get within two appearances of that record should Juventus make the final. Furthermore, Ronaldo's goalscoring record on the continent is second to none.

Ronaldo leads the way from Lionel Messi for the most goals scored with 126. That means that his ratio for scoring in the competition is 0.78. These goals have been spread across three of the biggest teams in the world, with Ronaldo scoring 15 for Manchester United, 105 for Real Madrid and 6 for Juventus. Also, no player has won as many top scorer honours as the Portuguese, and that includes the golden boot in six consecutive seasons between 2012 and 2018. The Juventus man also holds the top three records for the most goals scored in a single European season. With his 17 goals scored in the 2013-14 season leading the way...

Cristiano Ronaldo wearing a medal around his neck

European success

Francisco Gento is the only player in history to claim that he has won more Champions Leagues than Ronaldo. Gento won six European Cups throughout his career, while Ronaldo has won five. The Portuguese however, is looking to become the first player ever to win European success at three different clubs; having achieved wins at Manchester United and Real Madrid.

The lion share of his successes came during his time with Madrid, and Ronaldo was a vital part of their success. He scored in half of the four finals he played in for the Spanish giants, while he also scored the opener in Manchester United's 2008 final against Chelsea. This only highlights that he is the man for the big occasion, and will be one of the decisive factors should Juventus reach the final in Istanbul this season.

How Maurizio Sarri approaches European games will be crucial to their success this season, but judging by how he managed Chelsea in the Europa League last season, we could expect the manager to give Ronaldo a similar role to Eden Hazard. This would provide Ronaldo with the freedom of the park and roam where he wishes, and this could be pivotal to Ronaldo leading Juventus to a first European success since 1996.

Sarri and Ronaldo chatting in Juventus

Cristiano Ronaldo next game for Juventus is for the Serie A against Napoli. You can watch Juventus vs Napoli, Udinese vs AC Milan, Barcelona vs Betis, AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City, Tottenham vs Newcastle, and Wolverhampton vs Burnley, all matches provided from our footy live game pages.

Juventus next game:
Juventus vs Napoli
kick-off time (31-08-2019):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
| UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
Italy (Turin) |
UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 13:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 12:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 09:45

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Cristiano Ronaldo seated on the bench for Juventus

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